PLA soldier strays across LAC, Army says will return him

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 20, 2020 4:32:02 am





The incident comes at a time when India and China have stationed around 50,000 soldiers each along the Ladakh frontier as part of the military standoff that began early May.

A Chinese soldier was apprehended Monday in the Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh amid tensions over the border standoff. The Indian Army said the soldier had strayed across the Line of Actual Control and would soon be handed over to the PLA.

In a statement, the Army said, “A PLA soldier, identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on 19 October 2020 after he had strayed across the LAC.”

The Army said, “a request has also been received from the PLA” on “the whereabouts of the missing soldier”, and “as per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities”.

The Chinese soldier, the Army said, “has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions”.

A statement from the National Defence Ministry of China quoted PLA spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shuili saying the soldier lost his way while looking…

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