Amid Border Standoff with India; China Moves Troops, Equipment to Tibet

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The reports said the equipment was moved to the south of Kunlun mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command of People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Despite not being near Doklam, the location of the Chinese military vehicles is close enough to allow for immediate deployment - within six to seven hours - through the road and rail network in Tibet.

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since last month after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.

Earlier this week, the state-run China Central Television had broadcast the PLA's troops participating in heavy military exercises using live ammunition on the Tibetan plateau.

Also on Tuesday, Chinese media had warned India that the border row "will trigger all-out confrontation".

The PLA Daily added that the large cache of equipment was moved in late June - when border tensions with India began to erupt.

According to experts, this equipment transfer was most likely related to the stand-off. Biswal further said China's behaviour is "unsettling " for other countries in the region.

The slow-motion crisis is expected to be discussed when Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visits Beijing on July 27-28 to take part in a security forum under the BRICS group of large developing nations that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

"Military operations are all about logistics". According to a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian personnel "approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo".

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

The dispute, however, comes at a time of steadily deteriorating ties between the two countries, with Chinese investment in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, an increasing Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean, and Chinese frustration with India's unwillingness to join its One Belt One Road development initiative as major points of contention.

Although China and Bhutan have been negotiating the precise border for decades without serious incident, the tiny Himalayan kingdom turned this time to help from New Delhi, which sent troops across the border from the northeastern state of Sikkim.

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