A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier was captured today by India in eastern Ladakh where the troops of the two countries are locked in a six-month-old standoff.
The captured Chinese soldier was identified by the Indian Defence Ministry as Corporal Wang Ya Long who was apprehended in Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh "after he had strayed across the Line of Actual Control", reports our New Delhi correspondent.
The PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme high altitude and harsh climatic conditions, the ministry said in a statement.
A request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier, it added.
As per established protocols, the captured soldier will be returned to Chinese officials at Chushul–Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities, according to the statement.
Indian and Chinese militaries have been embroiled in a confrontation at the LAC, the de-facto border between the two countries, in Ladakh since May and the tension had peaked on June 14 when 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a clash with the PLA at Galwan Valley.
There have been several rounds of military and diplomatic talks between the two sides to resolve the standoff.