China urges India to return apprehended soldier

2020-10-20 17:28:36CGTN Editor : Feng Shuang ECNS App Download

China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it hopes India can speedily return a missing Chinese soldier apprehended by the Indian army. 

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the ministry, told a press briefing that India has informed the Chinese army it will return the soldier after conducting medical examinations. 

The Chinese army confirmed on Monday that one of its soldiers had been apprehended by Indian troops and asked that he be released as promised. 

"We have received the Indian army's notice that they had captured a Chinese soldier after he strayed across the China-India border and would return him after the completion of formalities," Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), said in a statement late Monday. 

"We hope the Indian side would keep its promise and return the soldier as soon as possible and work together with China to promote the implementation of a consensus on the seventh round of military commander-level talks." 

Zhang said the soldier got lost when he was helping local herders find their yaks. 

China and India have been locked in a months-long border confrontation in the Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region. 

Both sides have blamed the other side for the clashes and have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks.


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