China calls for immediate return of PLA soldier captured in Ladakh

China calls for immediate return of PLA soldier captured in Ladakh

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NEW DELHI: China has urged India for the immediate return of the Chinese soldier apprehended by Indian Army in Chushul sector of eastern Ladakh on Friday.

Claiming that the soldier had gone astray "due to darkness and complicated geography", a news portal run by the military's official PLA Daily said India should adhere to relevant agreements between the two countries and return him without wasting time.

"Due to darkness and complicated geography, a soldier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) frontier defense force went astray in the China-India border early Friday morning, and the PLA frontier defense force notified the Indian side of the information the first time, hoping the Indian side could assist in search and rescue of the lost Chinese soldier," the portal reported.

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It further stated that India confirmed the capture of the Chinese soldier about two hours later.

“The Indian side should strictly adhere to relevant agreements reached by the two countries and waste no time to return the lost soldier to the Chinese side, so as to add positive factors for de-escalating the border tensions between the two countries and jointly maintaining peace and tranquility in the China-India border areas,” the news portal added.

According to the portal, India said the soldier would be returned to China after "receiving instructions from the superior authority".

"The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops deployed in this area," the Indian Army had stated in an official statement. The army had also said the Chinese soldier was being dealt with “as per laid down procedures".

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