The Chinese military has said it hopes India will honor its promise to speed up the return of a missing Chinese soldier to its mountainous and war-torn border region, where the two militants have been held for decades. Is kept
India had said on Monday that a man named Corporal Wang Ya Long had been arrested in the Damchok area of Indian-controlled Ladakh and was due to be released soon.
It said the soldier had “strayed” across the eastern border, known as the Line of Actual Control, which necessitated the separation of areas controlled by India and China.
“According to established protocol, it will be returned to Chinese officials at the Cheshol-Moldo summit after its formal completion,” the statement said.
In Beijing, the Defense Ministry said late Monday that the soldier was helping a herd of hills after losing his way Sunday evening.
Zhang Shuili, a spokesman for the Western Theater Command, was quoted as saying that the Chinese side had informed their Indian counterparts about the missing man and later told him that he had been found and would return after a medical examination.
In early May, a heightened dispute between the two countries was fought on June 15 with clubs, rocks and fists, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. China is thought to have suffered casualties, but did not provide details.
China has detained at least 10 Indian soldiers, including four officers, in connection with the deadly clash. He returned three days later after intense military and diplomatic talks.
India and China have each deployed thousands of troops in the border areas with the help of artillery, tanks and fighter jets and are in the grip of severe cold in the cold desert region, where temperatures can drop to minus 50 degrees Celsius.
Nuclear-armed rivals have also accused each other of entering the area and firing for the first time in 45 years.
Relations between the two countries are often strained, partly because of the lack of a partially demarcated border. They fought a border war in 1962 which spread to Ladakh and ended in a restless war. Since then, troops have guarded the border area.
India unilaterally declared Ladakh a federal territory and in August 2019 abolished the semi-autonomous status of Indian-administered Kashmir and separated it from disputed Kashmir. He also vowed to take back the Aksai Chin Plateau.
China was one of the first countries to strongly condemn the move, raising it in international forums, including the UN Security Council.
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