Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chinese and Indian soldiers facing off just 300 meters apart following Chinese military intrusion 15km into India

Uncertainty threatened high-level bilateral visits as Indian troops stayed locked eyeball-to-eyeball with 22 intruding Chinese soldiers in Ladakh on Tuesday and a flag meeting between the two sides flopped.

Senior officials on both sides swung into action to try and rescue visits by defence minister AK Antony to Beijing and Chinese premier Li Keqiang to India next month but sources warned that their job was getting tougher as the Chinese intrusion looked set to enter its ninth day.

Troops from the two sides are separated by just 300 metres in the cold desert battleground 17,000 feet above sea level.