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China upgrades combat air capability in Tibet to counter 'India threat'

The Western Theatre Command is mainly tasked with the responsibility to maintain security on the border areas with India

IANS  |  Beijing 

China's rocket forces conducted two tests late last year of a new

In wake of the releasing pictures of its fighter jets flying over Tibet, a on Tuesday said was upgrading its so as to confront "any threat from India".

According to Global Times, the photographs show a and fighter jets conducting aerial combat training exercises on February 13, two days before and it cited as saying it was significant for to strengthen control of airspace over the mountainous region.

"Strengthening the 3.5-generation fighter jets or even stationing more advanced fighters in the has been urgent for the PLA (People's Liberation Army)," Song said.

Since has 3rd-generation fighter jets, China's stationing of its 3.5-generation jets would be able to "deal with any current threat from India", he said.

"With importing new jets, will continue strengthening its fighter jets in the "

The Western Theatre Command is mainly tasked with the responsibility to maintain security on the border areas with

First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 21:02 IST
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