India hands back Chinese soldier detained in Ladakh

Published January 11, 2021
In this 2017 file photo, Indian army trucks drive near Pangong Tso lake near the India-China border in Ladakh. — AP/File
In this 2017 file photo, Indian army trucks drive near Pangong Tso lake near the India-China border in Ladakh. — AP/File

The Indian military on Monday said it had handed back a Chinese soldier held near a remote Himalayan border where thousands of troops from the two nuclear-armed neighbours have been facing off for months after a deadly clash.

“The PLA soldier who had been apprehended on Jan 8, 2021, has been handed back to China at Chushul-Moldo at 10:10am today,” the Indian Army said in a statement, referring to the People’s Liberation Army of China.

China had called on Saturday for the swift return of a soldier who had gone missing a day earlier along the border, adding it had reported the incident to Indian authorities.

The soldier had been apprehended by Indian troops south of Pangong Tso lake in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh, which borders Chinese-controlled Tibet, an Indian official said.

This is the second such incident in recent months. Last October, a Chinese soldier straying across the border in Ladakh’s Demchok had been held by Indian troops and returned within days.

Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a high-altitude confrontation along the border in Ladakh, where soldiers clashed in brutal hand-to-hand combat last June.

Twenty Indian troops were killed in the clash, and the Chinese side suffered an undisclosed number of casualties.

Both sides have since said that they are looking to find ways to de-escalate the situation on the border, but talks have made little headway and both sides have maintained a heavy military deployment through the freezing winter months.

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