India on Wednesday returned a Chinese soldier named Wang, detained after straying across Ladakh border where the two countries have clashed in recent months, China’s army announced.
Corporal Wang Ya Long was handed over early Wednesday, the Chinese military said in a statement.
New Delhi on Monday said it had detained Wang after he crossed into Indian-controlled territory in the harsh mountainous area of the Ladakh border.
India on Wednesday handed over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier detained after he had crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh on Sunday, the Chinese military said.https://t.co/qmWLv0OoeU— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) October 21, 2020
China said Wang had got “lost after being asked by herders to search for yaks”.
The two countries have moved tens of thousands of troops and weapons into the high-altitude region after a violent clash in June left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties.
Several rounds of talks have failed to significantly ease tensions.
The neighbors are now digging in for a harsh winter at an altitude of 4,200 meters (14,000 feet), in a region where temperatures regularly fall below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit).
AFP with additional information from Global Village Space.