NEW DELHI (AP) – The Indian Army said on Saturday that it had captured a Chinese soldier in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a month-long military confrontation on their disputed mountain border.
A military statement said the Chinese soldier was detained on Friday to cross to the Indian side south of Lake Pangong Tso.
“The soldier with the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) is being handled according to established procedures and the circumstances under which he has passed the LAC (Line of Factual Control) are being investigated,”
China said it had informed the Indian side as soon as one of its troops disappeared “due to darkness and difficult terrain”.
The Indian side later confirmed that it had found the missing soldier and said it would return him to the Chinese side, a statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry said.
“The Indian side must strictly abide by the relevant agreements between the two countries and hand over the lost personnel to the Chinese side as soon as possible in order to add positive factors to cool the situation on the Sino-Indian border and together maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.” , the statement said.
Indian and Chinese troops often lose their way in the disputed Himalayan region.
In October, India detained another Chinese soldier in the Demchok area of Ladakh, but he was released after being found to have de facto misled the border.
In September, China released five Indian citizens who had disappeared from the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh amid smoldering tensions between the two countries. The five men were Indian hunters.
The fierce battle between the Asian giants began in early May with a fierce battle and erupted in hand-to-hand combat with sticks, stones and fists on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. China is also believed to have suffered casualties, but did not give any details.