China Releases 10 Indian Soldiers After Intense Negotiations
10 Indian Soilders were released by the Chinese side after Intense negotiations through diplomatic and military channels, including three rounds of talks between senior military officers during the violence of June 15 in Galwan Valley.
The people said the 10 soldiers, including at least two officers, were returned to the Indian side on Thursday evening, three days after the violent face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that caused the death 20 soldiers.
These negotiations were kept tightly under wraps due to concerns for the safety of the soldiers amid the heightened tensions between the two sides, the people said.
There was no official word on the development.
Meetings Between Military Personnel From India & China
Three rounds of talks between Indian and Chinese delegations was led by major generals, near Patrol Point 14 in Galway Valley between Tuesday and Thursday.
The meetings were part of ongoing military engagements to de-escalate the situation and to disengage on the disputed border. The two senior military officers have met seven times since the stand-off in May.
The people further said the 10 soldiers were sent for a medical examination and were “debriefed” by officials.
This also marked the first time India suffered combat fatalities in an incident involving Chinese troops since 1975.
Following reports that an unspecified number of soldiers were unaccounted for after Monday night’s clash, the Indian Army had on Thursday only said that none of its personnel was missing in action.
The army statement also sought to address reports to the domestic and foreign media that some Indian soldiers had been captured by the Chinese.
China Has Not Yet Acknowledged any Casualties
China didnot acknowledge any casualties among its troops. Some 76 Indian soldiers were also injured. . It has rejected China’s People’s Liberation Army’s claim of sovereignty over the Galwan Valley.
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