Chinese bombers, air defense troops, paratroopers deployed in plateau region amid border tensions
BEIJING: Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has reportedly been mobilizing forces, including bombers, air defense troops, artillery, armored vehicles, paratroopers, special forces and infantry units, from different parts of the country to the bordering plateau region, a move that shows the PLA’s capability and determination to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, analysts said on Wednesday.
The recent move has taken place following renewed border tensions between China and India over the past two weeks due to the latest Indian provocations.
H-6 bombers and Y-20 large transport aircraft attached to the PLA Central Theater Command Air Force, have been deployed to the plateau region for training missions, the command revealed a day after Indian troops again illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at the Shenpao mountain region near the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, and for the first time in 45 years firing shots in a serious, vile military provocation, Global Times reported.
According to public media reports, long-distance maneuvers, deployment exercises and live-fire drills have been taking place in Northwest China’s desert areas and Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region over the past weeks after India crossed the LAC near the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and near the Reqin Mountain pass on August 31.
HJ-10 anti-tank missile systems attached to the PLA 71st Group Army recently travelled from East China’s Jiangsu Province to Northwest China’s Gobi desert over thousands of kilometers, while the PLA Tibet Military Command conducted round-the-clock combined brigade strike exercises at an elevation of over 4,500 meters.
An air defense brigade under the PLA 72nd Group Army also mobilized to the Northwest region in autumn and held live-fire confrontational drills with anti-aircraft guns and missiles.
Paratroopers and heavy equipment on board the Air Force’s transport aircraft recently conducted a multidimensional area capture and control exercise, also in the deserts of Northwest China last week.