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China holds military drill near Indian border, says 'enemy aircraft' the target

Military standoff between China and India intensifies

Amid the continuing border stand-off with India, China has conducted a live-fire drill in Tibet in what one observer said was a likely warning to New Delhi.

CCTV reported that the military drill was organised in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River.

The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region.

The drills "covering a dozen elements was testimony to the PLA's combined strike capability", a narrator said on CCTV in China.

Some 4,000 to 7,000 troops armed with shoulder-launched assault weapons and light arms were filmed striking an "enemy position", the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

According to Xinhua, the June 18 incident marked the first time India crossed the only "determined border between the two Asian countries".

India has almost two lakh troops stationed in the areas it disputes with China, outnumbering its neighbour's forces by as much as 15 or 20 to one, it said.

Video posted online showed soldiers using anti-tank grenades and missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage.

The report said that the brigade participated in the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks during the live-fire drills.

Separately, Tibet's mobile communication agency conducted a drill on 10 July in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, where members of the agency practiced setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency.

A steady line of supplies is being maintained for the soldiers at the site, official sources said, signalling that Indian Army is not going to wilt under any pressure from China. The rift escalated after Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build road near the area. It has been noticed that Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently has made positive remarks in Singapore, saying that "India and China should not let differences become disputes".

The Indian and Chinese forces remain at stand-off at the border near Sikkim for the fifth week in a row, as neither of the two sides have agreed to soften their stance over the disputed territory of Doklam.