UPDATE 1 – Indian Army asks Chinese PLA if they are missing any civilians in their custody

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GUWAHATI, India, Sept. 7 (Reuters) – The Indian military has asked its Chinese counterpart whether five civilians who disappeared from an eastern border state a few days ago were in their custody, a spokesperson for the Indian Army said on Monday. Indian army.

Relations between the Asian nuclear-weapon giants have reached a decades-long low since clashes at their western Himalayan border in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers.

The two sides have since stepped up surveillance of their largely unstable 3488 km (2,167 mile) border.

The five missing men are from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, also claimed by China which calls it southern Tibet, and the Indian army said it informed the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (APL ) of these five Saturdays. spoke with them on the hotline and told them that it is suspected that some people have passed by your side and we would be grateful if you would return them, as we normally do, “Lieutenant Colonel Harsh Wardhan Pande , a spokesperson for India’s defense forces, told Reuters.

“There is no dedicated line to cross the forest or the mountains, so they keep moving here and there. So maybe they went there. It’s a very normal thing.”

He said they had not yet received a response from the Chinese.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing that he was not aware of the situation.

Separately, a Tibetan member of an Indian special forces unit who died a few days ago in a mine explosion near the site of a border outbreak with Chinese troops in the western Himalayas was cremated on Monday. His death provided a rare glimpse of a little-known group of elite high-altitude warriors, mostly from Tibetan refugees in India.

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