China Elevates Military Command Along Indian Border

Tibet’s Military Command’s rank has been elevated by China, suggesting a future military combat mission.

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A signboard is seen from the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, Arunachal Pradesh. (Photo: Reuters)
  • China has elevated the rank of Tibet’s Military Command which looks after the security along its border with India by putting it under the jurisdiction of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ground forces, suggesting it may “undertake some kind of military combat mission in future.”

  • This has surprised many as the PLA in this year’s reform brought most of the provincial military commands under the control of Central Military Commission’s (CMC) new National Defence Mobilisation Department. Seasoned military observers also find the report confusing as there was no elaboration of what the “military combat mission” will be.

  • India and China have in the past set up ground and government level mechanisms to address issues relating to the recurring transgressions by PLA troops in Indian-claimed territories. The issue was also broadly discussed when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited China last month.

(With agency inputs.)

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