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Report: China military buildup seen at India border

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Elizabeth Shim
China is engaging in a large-scale military build-up along its border with India, according to Indian navy and air force sources. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
China is engaging in a large-scale military build-up along its border with India, according to Indian navy and air force sources. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

HONG KONG, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- China's military build-up is extending to its border with India, according to a Chinese-language media report.

Kanwa Asian Defense, a news site specializing in military developments, reported Tuesday Beijing's military has placed more missiles and fighter jets along the India border.

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The weapons have been deployed in Tibet and in the western region of Xinjiang along with airborne early warning and control systems, according to the report.

Kanwa quoted sources in the Indian navy and air force who said Chinese troops have placed the Jian-11, the Jian-10 and the Kongjing-500 in rotational deployment.

The Shenyang J-11 is a twin-engine jet fighter that was first produced in China in 1998. It was built to compete with fourth-generation fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Chengdu J-10 is a lightweight fighter jet and the KJ-500 can carry an airborne early warning system.

In the city of Korla in Xinjiang, China may have deployed a troop responsible for the launch of midrange ballistic missiles, and in Hotan, an oasis town in southwestern Xinjiang, the country has been deploying the J-10 and the strategic bomber H-6K.

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The large-scale military build-up is aimed at expanding a position of readiness in the case of a confrontation with the Indian military, the sources said.

Andrei Chang, the founder of Kanwa, said the military reinforcements are being deployed with a counteroffensive in mind.

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