According to a spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry, the country 'is not detaining any Indian personnel at present'. The statement came in a response to the question, "Does the release of the 10 Indian soldiers indicate tensions have eased along the border?". This comes after several reports in India that China had released 10 Indian Army men on Thursday evening.
The ten men were held captive by the Chinese Army after a fierce clash on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh on Monday night that left 20 Indian soldiers -- including a commanding officer -- dead. The 10 soldiers were released on Thursday evening following talks between Major General-level officers of the two sides.
The 10 Indian Army soldiers released included two Majors, two Captains and six jawans from two units.
According to sources, an agreement on the release was reached at Major General-level talks between the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army. During talks, Indian officers were assured of the safety of soldiers during talks on Thursday. The Indian delegation was also shown pictures of soldiers held captive by the Chinese.
Sources also said that the situation at the LAC had comparatively calmed down after the release of the soldier and that dialogue between the two countries is expected to get back on track to discuss further disengagement at the LAC in Ladakh.
However, an official confirmation on the release of 10 Indian Army soldiers remained pending.
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