Delhi has returned a Chinese soldier detained by India along the disputed Ladakh border. A report by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), a spokesman for the Chinese army, said:
On Monday, the Indian Army said it had arrested Chinese Army Corporal Wang Ya Lon from Demchak area on the Ladakh border. Delhi has said that he was detained for crossing the border illegally in India. He also said that some military and civilian documents were obtained. A statement from the Indian Army said it would be handed over to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China according to certain procedures.
The People’s Liberation Army Daily handed them over to Chinese authorities on Wednesday morning.
The Chinese military ministry said Monday night after an Indian military statement that a member of the army lost his way Sunday evening while assisting the shepherds. Chinese officials also claimed that Indian authorities were informed of their disappearance.
A spokesman for the Chinese military, Zhang Suili, said that Indian officials later told Beijing that they had found the person. He was also told that he would be returned after a medical examination. India returned with a promise to the Chinese Army.
On June 15, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. It is believed that the Chinese side sustained casualties in the conflict. However, Beijing has never released details.
China detained at least 10 military personnel, including four Indian officials, after the conflict. After three days of negotiations at the diplomatic and military levels, he was handed over to India.
For months, Indian and Chinese forces, armed with heavy weapons, have been fighting each other on the Ladakh border. Although there was talk of reaching an agreement at different levels of negotiation to resolve the tension, the actual LC tension was not resolved effectively.