The vast haul was transported to a region south
of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command -
which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border
issues with India, reported the PLA Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese
Wang Dehua, an expert on South Asia studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said the scale of the troop and equipment movement showed how much easier it is for China to defend its western borders. "Military operations are all about logistics," he said. "Now there is much better logistics support to the Tibet region."
Tibet's government in exile holds rituals on eve of Dalai Lama's birthday
Tellingly, the Narendra Modi government earlier this month permitted the India-based Tibetan government in exile to perform rituals on the eve of the Dalai Lama's birthday on the shores of Ladakh's famous Pangong Lake along the disputed boundary with China, a significant move in the middle of a faceoff with Beijing in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction.
According to the Economic Times of India, the Modi government allowed Lobsang Sangay, the "Sikyong" (president) of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala, to travel to Ladakh on July 5 to perform rituals on the shores of the Pang Gong Lake, located on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Earlier in April, New Delhi had facilitated a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang near LAC in Arunachal -- a move that drew sharp criticism in Beijing and considered by experts as one of the key reasons behind China's assertion in the Indo-Bhutan-China trijunction along Sikkim.
The area witnessed a conflict between soldiers of India and China during the 1962 war. It still remains a sensitive point along LAC. The Chinese People's Liberation Army personnel on boats often cross the LAC and intrude into territory claimed by India, the Economic Times said.
It may be pointed out that China considers Dalai Lama a political exile, "who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion with the attempt to split Tibet from China."
Last year Mongolia's decision to welcome the Dalai Lama in Ulan Bator resulted in Beijing's decision to impose stringent trade restrictions on its unequal neighbor.
Earlier this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Mongolia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsend Munkh-Orgil by telephone that the Tibetan leader's "furtive visit to Mongolia brought a negative impact to China-Mongolia relations." He added: "We hope that Mongolia has taken this lesson to heart."