The Chinese military has set up oxygen stations and introduced high-pressure oxygen therapy and specially designed portable barracks to its troops stationed in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to boost combat capability in the high-altitude ranges where oxygen levels are low, official media here reported on Tuesday.
Chinese official media had been highlighting the training preparations and the combat readiness of PLA troops in Tibet in recent months.
According to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) website 81.cn, all frontline training troops and border outposts have been equipped with oxygen generators and oxygen cylinders.
The Army Medical University’s Xinqiao Hospital, which is close to the Line of Actual Controlwith India, is also developing a high-pressure oxygen therapy that could solve altitude stress for troops stationed on the plateau, the PLA Daily said.
Oxygen stations have been built along border roads for soldiers to recover stamina, the state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. “Altitude stress makes troops have breathing difficulties, results in headaches and insomnia,” the daily quoted a former military officer as saying. Thin air damages combat capability, lowers troops’ strength and durability. Applying oxygen therapy helped soldiers to recover in the harsh conditions and enhanced their combat capabilities, Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the daily.
Last month, the PLA Daily reported that the special forces of the Chinese military had conducted drills in Tibet. In June, military units in Tibet carried out a drill, the first post-Doklam, to test their logistics, armament support capabilities as well as militarycivil integration in Tibet.
Earlier, official media reported about China setting up an unmanned automatic weather observation station in Tibet, close to its border with Arunachal Pradesh, to provide meteorological support for its fighter jets and missile launches.
Beginning last year, the PLA has also been equipping Tibetan military bases with portable barracks, specifically designed for plateau areas. The barracks’ design and material make them sturdy, moisture-proof and cold-resistant, even keep the room temperature at 15 degrees Celsius even in the worst of snow storms, the report said.
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