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China replaces soldiers with machinegun-carrying robots in Tibet


China is deploying machinegun-carrying robots to its western desert regions amid a standoff with India because troops are struggling with the high-altitude conditions, it has been claimed. Dozens of unmanned vehicles capable of carrying both weapons and supplies are being sent to Tibet, Indian media reports, with the majority deployed in border regions where Chinese troops are locked into a standoff with Indian soldiers. Vehicles include the Sharp Claw, which is mounted with a light machinegun and can be operated wirelessly, and the Mule-200, which is designed as an unmanned supply vehicle but can also be fitted with weapons. Beijing has sent 88 Sharp Claws to Tibet, which borders India high in the Himalayas, of which 38 are deployed to the border region, Times News Now has claimed. Some 120 Mule-200s have also been sent to Tibet, News Now reports, with a majority of them deployed to the border area.

China Building Mammoth Heliport On Tibetan Plateau Amid Border Tensions With India

International Business Times

The Chinese belligerence on the Taiwan Strait may have fixed the world's attention in the country's eastern region, but Beijing is slowly ramping up military power along its western borders too, prove satellite images. New images show China is developing a new airbase and building new heliports across the Tibetan Plateau, reported The Drive. Tibetan Plateau, the world's largest, is situated in southwestern part of China and is surrounded by mountain ranges, including the Himalayas. The Himalayas also acts as a barrier between the plateau and India, with whom China has a border conflict. The territorial dispute between the two nations escalated last year.

After worst fighting in decades, India bolsters disputed China border with U.S. weapons

The Japan Times

India has deployed recently acquired, U.S.-made weaponry along its border with China, as part of a new offensive force to bolster its capabilities as the countries remain deadlocked over disputed territory in the Himalayas. The buildup in India's northeast is centered on the Tawang Plateau adjoining Bhutan and Tibet, a piece of land claimed by China but controlled by India. It holds historical political and military significance: In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to India across nearby mountain passes to escape a Chinese military operation. Three years later, both sides fought a war in the area. Now U.S.-manufactured Chinook helicopters, ultralight towed howitzers and rifles as well as domestically made supersonic cruise missiles and a cutting-edge surveillance system will back Indian troops in areas bordering eastern Tibet.

China 'KIDNAPS' five Indian citizens in disputed border territory


India has accused China of kidnapping five of its citizens along the disputed Himalayan border. Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since a mass brawl along the frontier left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The two sides have since renewed patrols along the 2,000-mile Line of Actual Control (LAC) which has been in dispute since the 1962 Sino-Indian War. The five missing men are from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as South Tibet, and the Indian Army said it informed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) about them on Saturday. Indian soldiers pay their respects during the funeral of their comrade, Tibetan-origin India's special forces soldier Nyima Tenzin in Leh on September 7 'We spoke with them on the hotline and told them that it's suspected that some people have crossed across to your side and we will be grateful if you could hand them over back, as per what we do normally,' Lieutenant Colonel Harsh Wardhan Pande, a spokesman for India's defence forces, told Reuters.

China Conducts Nuclear, Chemical And Biological 'Real Combat' Drill In Tibet

International Business Times

Amid heightened border tensions between China and India, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted a "real combat drill" involving anti-nuclear, chemical and biological warfare in Tibet. The 24-hour drill, held on "a snowy plateau," involved commandos and armored assault groups, reported Delhi-based Hindustan Times. The drill, held in late November, was organized by the Tibet military region under the Western Theatre Command (WTC). The WTC is the largest of China's five commands and is deployed at the disputed and ill-defined 3,440-km China-India border. Interestingly, the news of the drill was first published by the official news portal of PLA on Tuesday, though China rarely mentions drills that involve "non-conventional weapons."