In a goodwill gesture, India ensured the release of a Chinese soldier who had strayed inside Indian territory across the disputed zone of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The astray Chinese soldier was detained two days ago in the Demchok sector in the disputed border in Eastern Ladakh.
According to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) corporal he had crossed the disputed border to retrieve a yak that had strayed into India, they had informed Indian agencies about this.
The Indian Army in a statement said, "A PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on October 19, 2020, after he had strayed across the LAC."
"A request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier," Indian Army said.
India releases a Chinese soldier who strayed at Line of Actual Control: Key points
- The soldier was handed over at Chushul Moldo's meeting point on Tuesday night.
- He had been provided medical assistance, including oxygen, food, and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions.
- Indian Army said that as per established protocols, he will be returned to Chinese officials at the Chushul - Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities.
- In the worst-ever border crisis in four decades, India and China have amassed thousands of soldiers, tanks, and missiles.
- Multiple rounds of talks between senior military commanders and diplomats and ministers have failed to resolve the crisis between both the countries.
- Soldiers face the prospect of braving sub-zero temperatures even up to minus 30 degrees Celsius.