- Chinese troops set up camp in Ladakh region in middle of April, it’s claimed
- Slipped across the boundary into India in middle of night, India says
PUBLISHED: 11:29 EST, 2 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:30 EST, 2 May 2013
A two week Chinese incursion has left India on the verge of crisis, it has today been reported.
India says Chinese troops set up a camp on its side of the ill-defined frontier in Ladakh region in the middle of April.
They were ferried across the bitterly cold moonscape in Chinese army vehicles, then got out to traverse a dry creek bed with a helicopter hovering overhead for protection.
They finally reached their destination and pitched a tent in the barren Depsang Valley in the Ladakh region, a symbolic claim of sovereignty deep inside Indian-held territory.
So stealthy was the operation that India did not discover the incursion until a day later, Indian officials said.