Two men and a woman from China were rescued by the Indian Army on Friday after they lost their way in north Sikkim. Upon their rescue, Indian soldiers also "extended a helping hand" by providing them with food and warm clothes to protect them from the cold and harsh conditions in the area. An official statement was issued saying the three Chinese nationals had lost their way "in the Plateau area of North Sikkim at an altitude of 17,500 feet."

The Indian Army in its statement said, "Realising danger to the lives of the Chinese citizens which included two men and one woman in sub-zero temperatures, the soldiers of Indian Army immediately reached out and provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect them from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions."

Pictures of a soldier carrying an oxygen cylinder to provide assistance to the three people have gone viral on social media, while another photograph shows them being offered food and also helping them fix their car. The Army said, "The Indian troops also gave them appropriate guidance to reach their destination after which they moved back. The Chinese citizens expressed their gratitude to India and the Indian Army for their prompt assistance.".

This latest heartwarming incident comes days after the Indian government stated that the Chinese troops had carried out "provocative action" at the south bank of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. Tensions flared up once again towards the end of last week after clashes with Chinese troops in June in Galwan Valley, which saw 20 Indian soldiers losing their lives during action. 

The Defence Ministers of the two nations held talks on Saturday in Moscow, Russia. India's Defence Ministry posted a tweet on Saturday saying, "The two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC at the earliest."