China released a new military propaganda video earlier today, showing Chinese PLA troops "lighting up the night sky" with missiles. The timing of t
China released a new military propaganda video earlier today, showing Chinese PLA troops “lighting up the night sky” with missiles. The timing of the new video came just hours after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to the disputed border area of Ladakh. Ladakh has been the site of border clashes between China and India, which has left dozens dead.
The latest video, posted by Chinese state media Global Times, showed “live-free training” in the middle of the night near Xinjiang.
A tweet accompanying the video read: “Watch Chinese #PLA soldiers in #Xinjiang conduct live ammunition training with multiple weapons.”
In the video, missiles, tanks and troops can all be seen preparing for conflict, amid growing border tensions with India.
Earlier in the day, during his surprise visit to the disputed border zone, Prime Minister Modi addressed injured soldiers and took several digs at China.
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Mr Modi said that “India’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” adding that the “age of expansionism” is over.
He continued: “History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back.”
A border clash in mid-June left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead and and at least 76 injured.
That skirmish saw soldiers engaged in brutal hand-to-hand fighting with clubs and staves about 4,270 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level in sub-zero temperatures.
Following Mr Modi’s visit, China warned India against making a “strategic miscalculation”.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called on New Delhi to “work with China to safeguard the overall situation of bilateral relations”.
Mr Zhao also criticised Indian officials for making what he called irresponsible remarks.
On Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defence approved the purchase of 21 Russian MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft in the wake of the border stand-off.