China’s live-fire drills warn In­dia to leave con­tested re­gion

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Bei­jing is in­ten­si­fy­ing its warn­ings to In­dian troops to get out of a con­tested re­gion high in the Hi­malayas where China, In­dia and Bhutan meet, say­ing China’s “re­straint has its lim­its” and pub­li­ciz­ing live-fire drills in Ti­bet.

In­dian troops en­tered the area in the Dok­lam Plateau in June af­ter New Delhi’s ally, Bhutan, com­plained a Chi­nese mil­i­tary con­struc­tion party was build­ing a road in­side Bhutan’s ter­ri­tory.

Bei­jing says Dok­lam is lo­cated in Ti­bet and that the bor­der dis­pute be­tween China and Bhutan has noth­ing to do with In­dia. It has de­manded that In­dian troops with­draw be­fore any talks.

On Fri­day, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion broad­cast video it said showed an army unit in an uniden­ti­fied part of Ti­bet car­ry­ing out live-fire fir­ing ex­er­cises in the past few days.

A com­man­der sit­ting in a ve­hi­cle shouted “3,2, 1, fire!” into two tele­phones and a mis­sile was launched. Troops were shown load­ing and fir­ing other mis­siles, some of which landed in fiery ex­plo­sions.

The re­port, which was also car­ried in other state me­dia, didn’t men­tion the dis­pute with In­dia, and said the unit has been train­ing for three months.

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