BEIJING: The standoff between China and India seems to be worsening as Indian media has reported that Chinese PLA has moved it's troops and militray equipment along the Indian borders.
According to The Hindustimes, China moved “tens of thousands of tonnes” of military equipment, including army vehicles, and troops to Tibet in late June, coinciding with the border standoff with India, media reports have said.
The hardware was moved simultaneously by road and rail by the western theatre command that handles, among others, border issues with India, the reports said.
“The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun mountains in northern Tibet by the western theatre command, which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India,” the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said on Wednesday, quoting the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily.
The Chinese rhetoric on the month-long standoff in Doklam region close to Sikkim on India’s northeastern border is getting shriller by the day, with the state media often warning of all-out war.
The transfer of equipment was most likely related to the stand-off and could have been designed to bring India to the negotiating table, Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, told the South China Morning Post. “Diplomatic talks must be backed by military preparation,” he said.
The PLA Daily, which is the mouthpiece of China’s military, said the hardware was moved late last month.