According to the CCTV report, the brigade has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River which flows into India and Bangladesh and is responsible for frontline combat missions.
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.
"The Sikkim section is mutually recognised by two sides and this time Indian border personnel illegally trespassed the boundary into China's territory", he said. The tense border dispute between China and India has raised concerns of a greater conflict breaking out as neither side has showed any sign of backing down.
The Chinese media has reported that a brigade responsible for frontline combat operations has held "live fire exercises" in Tibet with a focus on boosting its "quick delivery of troops" against India. The piece chalked up the conflict to a greater competition for economic and political dominance between the two leading Asian powers and said that Beijing would amass troops and armaments at the border in anticipation for what could turn into an all-out war.
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Czarnecki also said that the Doklam issue, which has been going on for the last few weeks, was bound to get Bhutan's attention as China was constructing the road in an area that Bhutan claimed as its own. India and Bhutan contest the claim. China claims that Indian troops are on its soil, while India and Bhutan claim that the maintain that the land in question in the Doklam area is Bhutanese.
Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, suggested it was most likely related to the stand-off and could have been created to bring India to the negotiating table. If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the outcome of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC. These are legitimate actions of a sovereign country.
He concluded that China may be growing economically and military wise in a big way, but along with it the country also needs to respect "international rules" to co-exist with other nations. With growing national strength, China is capable of deploying resources in remote border areas.
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