Chinese Soldier Held In Ladakh, May Have Entered Inadvertently

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2020

Indian and Chinese military commanders will meet for the eighth time next week to deliberate on resolving the border dispute in eastern Ladakh, after all earlier rounds of talks ended up in deadlock with no sign of de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control even as the winter is setting in.

Days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told his soldiers to "put their minds and energy on preparing for war" amid the ongoing Ladakh conflict, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that India is always ready for a battle.

The statement said the soldier had been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes "to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions".

Further targeting the government over the almost five-month-long military standoff in eastern Ladakh, Gandhi had said that had UPA been in power, "we would have evicted and thrown out China and it would not have taken 15 minutes to do so".

"As per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul - Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities".

On Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said that the presence of a large number of Chinese troops with weapons at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) posed a "very critical" security challenge to India.

Shah, however, added that militaries of both countries are talking to each other and the diplomatic channels of communication are also open.

According to the reports, the focus of these talks will be on carrying forward discussions on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as the region enters the harsh winter season. "Both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important understandings reached by the leaders of the two countries, not to turn differences into disputes, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas", the joint statement had mentioned.

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