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

Mehbooba Mufti blamed

Mehbooba Mufti blamed"external forces for unrest in Kashmir

The development came in after China flexed its political muscle in the area today close to Tibet border with a fully equipped brigade indulging in live ammunition drill, China's state television reported. The CCTV report did not disclose the location of the drills but said the brigade responsible for front line combat missions has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River.

"If in the past India lacked capital, a developed manufacturing sector, and skilled manufacturing workers, the foreign manufacturing inflow is now helping India address the problem, backing up the government's "Make in India" initiative", it said.

The article suggested Myanmar was enhancing ties with India to "minimise its over reliance" on China, diversify its economic portfolio, and out of its "urgent need to engage neighbouring countries after prolonged isolation".

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.

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An India-China-Myanmar trilateral interaction will be an interesting topic in the future as it will be of "great geopolitical and economic significance" to the region, an article in the Chinese state media said on Sunday. Another drill involved the use of anti-tank grenades and missiles.

"The video also shows radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets", the nationalist tabloid said. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

India will face "embarrassment" if it does not withdraw its border troops to its own side and the situation could get "worse", the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary on Saturday night. The rift escalated after Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build road near the area.

China attacked Indian posts the same day Pakistani Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) established a hotline contact with Indian counterpart to protest killing of four soldiers in Neelum Valley by troops cross border firing on Sunday.

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