The armed forces of Asian powerhouses India and China have been locked in a bitter stand-off along the Indo-China border, for months now! After both sides accused the other of transgressions along the Line of Actual Control, there have also been skirmishes leading to casualties on both sides. With tensions escalating along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), there have been various levels of military, diplomatic as well as corps commander level talks between India and China. Though the Foreign Ministers of both nations issued a joint statement after meeting at Moscow, there has been no de-escalation on the ground. Recently, India's induction of the Rafale "Golden Arrow" jets into its Air Force, further strengthened the Indian troops!

Now, it has come to light that the Indian Army has captured a Chinese soldier, in the Ladakh region. The People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) soldier has been identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long and was "apprehended" in the Demchok Sector of Eastern Ladakh, earlier today. A statement from the Indian Army states that the Chinese soldier was provided with medical attention, food and appropriate warm clothing, to help protect himself from the harsh weather conditions. We also hear that the PLA has already gotten in touch with India, regarding their missing soldier. It is being stated that the captured soldier would be handed over to the Chinese authorities, after the completion of all necessary formalities.

It should be mentioned that earlier, China too returned 10 Indian soldiers who had been taken captive by the PLA. The current military stand-off between India and China is the worst since the Indo-China war of 1962! Earlier, things began going downhill when China accused India of building installations on disputed land along the border. India refuted these claims and accused China of illegally amassing troops and armaments as well as transgressing upon Indian territory, across the LAC. One thing lead to another and the issue has become very sensitive. Following the stand-off, the Indian government went on to ban a number of Chinese apps, including the popular gaming app PUBG and the short video sharing app TikTok!