China conducts military exercises in Tibet

China conducts military exercises in Tibet

China’s soldiers recently took part during a “record-breaking” high-altitude hammer in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that specialize in combat training, the Chinese defence ministry said on Thursday.

Organised by the Tibet Military Region, the training simulated battle situations that required integrated operations or joint training between different units of the troops deployed within the region.

The ministry added that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has administered quite 100 tactical exercises this year during which the number of ammunition had significantly increased.

The Tibet Military Region is a component of PLA’s Western Theatre Command (WTC), China’s largest command, which oversees the long and disputed border with India.

The ministry didn't say where within the TAR, which borders India, Nepal and Bhutan, the large-scale training happened but said the intensive training was held in altitudes over 3,700m.

The drill happened within the backdrop of the continued military friction between India and China at the road of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

Answering an issue , the defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Ren Guoqiang said the exercise “Peak of the Snowy Region 2021” was a record-breaking mass training event for the PLA.

The drills focused on three aspects: Actual combat training, training with science and technology and training soldiers consistent with the traits required to fight on high-altitude plateau.

The activities were administered on 23 subjects associated with high-altitude battles, including comprehensive operations by combat and sniper teams, field repair and rescue.

The drills were administered under unfamiliar geographical conditions round the clock, the spokesperson said.

Earlier this year, the Tibet Military Region held a rare multi-dimensional exercise amid the continued New Delhi-Beijing dispute.

The exercise involved ground assault forces also as PLA’s aviation unit, which deployed attack helicopters, China’s official military media reported.

The report published within the PLA Daily said a multi-dimensional exercise was being held to enhance combat capabilities. “A composite brigade of the Tibet military region joined hands with the military Aviation Force to launch a three-dimensional assault, starting a normalised joint exercise and training.”

Spokesperson Ren said China has been that specialize in combat-level drills through 2021.

Answering a related question on PLA’s training this year, Ren said the soldiers had taken part in a minimum of 100 tactical joint training exercises which the utilization of ammunition had “significantly” increased.

Ren added that each one the theatre commands launched real-world mission exercises, continued to specialise in the periodic rotation of combat readiness missions for trial troop training and deepened cross-domain and cross-service arms joint special training.

President Xi Jinping, in 2021’s first order issued in January to the PLA, had focused on the necessity for “full-time combat readiness” and said the soldiers must use frontline conflicts to shine troop capabilities.

Xi said the PLA must be able to “act at any second”.

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