The Indian Army has apprehended a soldier from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh earlier today. The Army has issued a statement saying; "A PLA soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on 19 October 2020 after he had strayed across the LAC.
"The PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions." The statement further said that, "A request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier. As per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul – Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities."
This is a major development following the ongoing Sino-Indo military standoff. Since 5 May 2020, troops from both side have engaged in aggressive melee, face-offs and skirmishes at locations along the Sino-Indo border, including near the disputed Pangong Lake in Ladakh and the Tibet Autonomous Region, and near the border between Sikkim and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Additional clashes also took place at locations in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).