15:44 GMT15 January 2021
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    India and China have been engaged in their most intense border stand-off since April 2020. During an escalation in hostilities on 15 June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan valley of the Ladakh region. The two sides have held eighth rounds of talks to relieve the tension so far.

    The Indian Army returned on Monday a People's Liberation Army soldier who was seized last week in the eastern Ladakh region during a massive military deployment in the mountainous Himalayan border.

    "The soldier was handed back to China at the Chushul-Moldo border point in eastern Ladakh at 10.10 am. local time," an Indian army official said on Monday.

    The Chinese soldier was taken in the early hours of 8 January on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh in the area south of Pangong Tso Lake. The lake, at an altitude of 13,862 feet, is 134km long and lies partly in India but mainly in China. 

    The two sides have held eight rounds of military and diplomatic talks to relieve border tensions which are said to have escalated over infrastructure developments in the Ladakh region, although no result has been seen. The Chinese and Indian militaries continue to stock the Himalayan region with military reinforcements.

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