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China tests battle tank near border

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 30, 2017, 1:40 am IST
Updated Jun 30, 2017, 4:25 am IST
The 35-tonne tank has carried out trials in the plains of Tibet.
Col Wu Qian was responding to questions about media reports that the PLA had carried out an exercise involving a new type of 35-tonne light weight tank in Tibet.
 Col Wu Qian was responding to questions about media reports that the PLA had carried out an exercise involving a new type of 35-tonne light weight tank in Tibet.

Beijing: The Chinese military on Thursday said it has conducted trials of a new light weight battle tank in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet near the Indian border.

The 35-tonne tank has carried out trials in the plains of Tibet, People’s Liberation Army spokesman Col Wu Qian said at a media briefing here. He was responding to questions about media reports that the PLA had carried out an exercise involving a new type of 35-tonne light weight tank in Tibet.

 

When asked whether it is targeted against India, the PLA spokesman said, “The purpose is to test the parameters of the equipment and is not targeted against any country.”

Though Wu did not provide details of the new battle tank, a Chinese news site had reported that the PLA had tested the tank named Xinqingtan, in Tibet near the Indian border.

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