India hands back Chinese soldier caught in Ladakh

India hands back Chinese soldier caught in Ladakh

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) – The Indian military on Monday (Jan 11) said it had handed back a Chinese soldier held near a remote Himalayan border where thousands of troops from the two nuclear-armed neighbours have been facing off for months after a deadly clash.

“The PLA soldier who had been apprehended on Jan 8, 2021, has been handed back to China at Chushul-Moldo at 10.10am today,” the Indian Army said in a statement, referring to the People’s Liberation Army of China.

China called last Saturday for the swift return of a soldier who had gone missing a day earlier along the border, adding it had reported the incident to Indian authorities.

The soldier had been apprehended by Indian troops south of Pangong Tso lake in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh, which borders Chinese-controlled Tibet, an Indian official said.