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China says soldier who trespassed LAC was ‘helping local herdsmen’

Demchok, PLA, Ladakh

China’s military revealed late on Monday that it was in touch with India over the case of the Chinese soldier who had strayed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Demchok sector, and had been caught.

The apprehended Chinese soldier has been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long said the Indian Army said on Monday. Since then, he had been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes as protection from the harsh climatic conditions.           The Indian army further confirms that it had received a request from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on his whereabouts.

As per standard protocols, the Chinese soldier will be returned to Chinese officials at the Chushul–Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities.

“China hopes that India will hand over soon the Chinese soldier who got lost in China-India border areas on the evening of October 18 when helping local herdsmen retrieve a yak at their request,” said a statement from the Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the PLA’s Western Theater Command.

A PLA statement read: ‘The PLA border troops informed the Indian military right after the incident and hoped the Indian side would aid in search and rescue, and the Indian side promised to offer help and return the missing soldier timely after finding him.”

“The latest information from the Indian side is that the lost Chinese soldier has been found and will be handed over to the Chinese side after receiving a medical examination,” the statement said.

The Chinese army hopes that Indian will live up to its promise to hand over the missing Chinese soldier as soon as possible and implement the consensus reached by the two sides in the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting, so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas. 

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