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For first time since Doklam standoff, Chinese military holds high-altitude drill in Tibet to test ‘capabilities’

"The biggest challenge of battle at the high altitude is to provide sustainable logistics and armament support. In the 1962 China-India border conflict, China failed to protect its fruits of victory due to poor logistics support. Although local Tibetan residents provided soldiers with temporary support, it was not sustainable," Song Zhongping, a military expert, said.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: June 29, 2018 19:55 IST ]

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Chinese military on Tuesday carried out a military drill in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region to test their logistics and armament support capabilities, the state-run media reported.

It was the first such exercise carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) since the Doklam standoff.

According to a report in Global Times, the exercise was hailed by the analysts as an important move toward military-civilian integration, especially in view of the fact that the Tibetan plateau has an adverse climate and complex topography that makes it very difficult to provide soldiers with logistics and armament support.

"The biggest challenge of battle at the high altitude is to provide sustainable logistics and armament support. In the 1962 China-India border conflict, China failed to protect its fruits of victory due to poor logistics support. Although local Tibetan residents provided soldiers with temporary support, it was not sustainable," Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times.

"The drill showed that military-civilian integration is a feasible strategy and could help form stronger combat power," he added. 

Chinese soldiers have been consistently conducting a series of drills to test their combat readiness.

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