India: Chinese PLA soldier captured in Ladakh amid increasing tensions
A Chinese soldier has been captured near Demchok area of Ladakh early Monday after he strayed across the Line of Actual Control border, the Indian Army said, amid heightened tensions between India and China.
The Indian army said in a statement on Monday the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier would be returned after the completion of formalities.
The Chinese soldier has been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long by the Indian Army.
“The PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food, and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions,” the Indian army said in a statement on Monday.
The PLA has yet to issue a statement on the matter.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors
The nuclear-armed neighbors have been locked in a months-long border confrontation in the Ladakh region, with troops killing each other in hand-to-hand combat and firing shots in the air.
The standoff began in May and escalated in June to the deadliest violence between the two sides in decades.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed and dozens of others injured. China is believed to have also suffered casualties but has not given any details.
After that clash, the two countries partially disengaged from the site in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley and at least two other places, but the crisis has continued in at least three other areas, including the glacial Pangong Lake.
Last month, the world’s two most populous nations accused each other of sending soldiers into each other’s territory in the Pangong area and firing warning shots for the first time in 45 years, raising the specter of a full-scale military conflict.
But both sides have also held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks, though they have made little headway.