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Should India Worry about China Conducting Military Exercises in Tibet?

Last week, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted two days and one night, combined armed forces, military exercises in Tibet. Its Tibet Military District (TMD) reportedly deployed more than ten combat units for these military exercises. These units were divided into two teams, the blue and red armies. The red army was the PLA, while the blue army most likely resembled India. This is not the first time such exercises were conducted by the PLA’s TMD, Western Theatre Command (WTC) or Xinjiang Military District’s (XMD) South Xinjiang Military Command — all three are directly or indirectly responsible for a contingency on the border with India. A recent report highlights that China has conducted over 100 military exercises and drills close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Tibet in the first six months of 2021.


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