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NEW DELHI : A Chinese soldier has been captured near Demchok area of Ladakh early Monday after he strayed across the Line of Actual Control border, the Indian Army said, amid heightened tensions between India and China.

The Chinese soldier has been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long by the Indian Army.

“The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions," the statement said.

A request had been received from the Chinese military seeking information about the whereabouts of the missing soldier, it said, adding: “As per established protocols, he will be returned to Chinese officials at te Chushul-Moldo meeting point after the completion of modalities."

News of the capture of the Chinese soldier, some 300 km south of Pangong Lake, caused a major flutter given that it comes in the midst of unprecedented tensions between the two countries.

“Based on what I know, one Chinese soldier was detained by Indian side, very likely because of getting lost. (The) Indian side has a positive attitude. The soldier will be returned to China. The issue should not cause new tensions in the border area," Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s state backed Global Times said in a Twitter post.

Tensions between India and China have been running high since May when India detected multiple intrusions into Indian territory by the Chinese. Tensions boiled over into a violent clash on 15 June with 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops killed.

Many rounds of talks at the military and diplomatic level have failed to ensure a lessening of the strains – seen at levels that can be described as unprecedented in decades.

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