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Chinese Soldier Held By Army After He Strayed Into Ladakh,Handed Back To PLA
A request had been received from the Chinese army about the whereabouts of the missing soldier, the army added.
Chinese Soldier Held By Army After He Strayed Into Ladakh, Handed Back To PLA
New Delhi: A Chinese soldier, who was caught by the Indian forces in eastern Ladakh after he strayed across the Line of Actual Control, was handed back to China on Tuesday night.
The Chinese soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, was caught in the Chumar-Demchok area, said the army on Monday.
The soldiers were questioned by the China experts before he was handed back to the Chinese People's Liberation Army, as per the sources.
The army on Monday had said that the soldiers would be returned to the Chinese Army "as per established protocol after following the due procedure". He was provided medical assistance including oxygen, food, and warm clothes "to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions", the army said in a statement.
However a request had been received from the Chinese army about the whereabouts of the missing soldiers, they added.
A Chinese officer in a statement on Monday night said the soldier "got lost while helping local herdsmen retrieve a yak". "We hope that the Indian side will live up to its promise to hand over the missing Chinese soldier as soon as possible and implement the consensus reached by the two sides in the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting, so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas," a spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the PLA, Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili said.
Since May Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in the standoff at the LAC. There have been several rounds of several military and diplomatic talks between the two sides to resolve the situation.