The Indian Army handed over the Chinese soldier Corporal Wang Ya Long to the Chinese Army at the Chushul Moldo meeting point, last night. Long was captured by the Indian Army in Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh on Monday. The Army had immediately clarified that the soldier would be handed back to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as per protocols.
A PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on 19 October 2020 after he had strayed across the LAC.
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.
A request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier.
Returning the soldier a positive move
The agencies associated with the matter were also investigating a probable espionage angle, it was later believed that Long inadvertently crossed into the Indian territory. The return of the soldier assumes importance as a positive gesture amid turbulent diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Beijing over the months-long standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The two sides have held seven military-to-military talks to resolve the impasse along the Himalayan even as an eighth-round is expected to take place this week.