India returns Chinese soldier captured in Ladakh
Published: 10:14 AM, 21 October 2020 Updated: 01:26 PM, 21 October 2020
Indian army trucks carrying supplies move in convoy towards areas in the Ladakh region; Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
China’s official military newspaper has said that India has returned the Chinese soldier who had strayed across the de facto border in Ladakh, the western Himalayan region where both sides have been locked in a tense standoff.
According to state-owned media outlet PLA Daily, the soldier was handed over early on Wednesday morning.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-backed Global Times, also confirmed the soldier's return, saying “the move brings an optimistic message to the tense China-India border”.
“It is hoped the cooperation can grow into more mutual trust between the two,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, the Chinese soldier — identified as Wang Ya Long, a corporal of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — was captured by Indian troops in Ladakh.
Citing an army source, the news agency ANI said that the Chinese army was detained from the Chumar-Demchok area on that day. Several important documents were also recovered from him.
Since May, Chinese and Indian troops have been confronting each other on the de facto border in Ladakh. Clashes also broke out between the armies of two countries in Galwan, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers in that clash.
After the incident, the situation became more heated. In order to handle the situation, the two countries held regular meetings at the military and diplomatic levels. But no final solution has been found so far.