China-India border dispute: PLA raised combat readiness after exchange of gunfire, sources say

China-India border dispute: PLA raised combat readiness after exchange of gunfire, sources say

  • Chinese commanders increased alert level to second-highest possible for the first time in troubled region since 1987
  • Alert was only eased after nations’ foreign ministers met in Moscow

Chinese troops on the country’s disputed border with India raised their combat readiness to the second-highest possible last week after an exchange of gunfire, but the alert was lowered after a meeting of the nations’ foreign ministers, military sources said.

The increase, to second level, meant more weapons and troops were deployed to the front line, and training exercises were ramped up for commanders, officers and soldiers, a military source told the South China Morning Post.

The last time such a high level was employed by troops in the restive region was in 1987, when a skirmish in the Sumdorong Chu valley pushed the two sides to the brink of war, said the person, who asked not to be named.