Beijing increases military pressure on India in the Himalayas

Resorting to a military threat seems to have become the rule for Beijing when one of its neighbors does not comply with its demands. In addition to the widely commented case of Taiwan, with numerous naval and air exercises and increasingly threatening rhetoric from the Chinese authorities and the national press against the independent island, it is now India's turn to have to face increasingly explicit threats, and increasingly important and dense military exercises along its eastern border with People's China, in particular on the Ladakh plateaus.

according to the state site GlobalTimes, the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the PLA, thus conducted multiple exercises on the Tibetan highlands of Xinjiang province, using 181mm PCL-155 artillery systems as well as rocket launchers. Self-propelled 122mm PHL-11 in a live fire exercise. The same week, it was the PHL-03 300mm heavy rocket launchers and a last version of LRM capable of carrying out 370mm rockets which were launched on an unidentified Tibetan plateau, in cooperation with reconnaissance systems. by drone and artillery radars to coordinate the accuracy of fire. JH-7 bombers were also engaged, at altitudes exceeding 4000 m.

The PCL-181 takes many aspects of the French CAESAR, as well as many capabilities, such as an operational range of 40 km with conventional shells, and more than 60 km with shells with added propulsion.

This not very subtle show of force against New Delhi, aims to get the Indian authorities to soften their positions vis-à-vis Beijing's firm demands in the ongoing negotiations about the demarcation line serving as the border between the two. country in the Himalayan highlands. It accompanies a notable reinforcement of the Chinese forces deployed along this zone, as well as defense infrastructures positioned nearby, especially air bases. In addition, numerous new air defense sites have been observed in recent months surrounding these Chinese positions, marking an effective operational readiness of the PLA, which appears to anticipate an upcoming military operation in the region.

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