India Helps Chinese Soldier Return Home After Five Decades

India has helped Wang Qi meet his family members in China after a long gap of 54 years.
Wang, a Chinese soldier, was detained by the Indian armed forces along the South Asian country’s eastern frontiers in January 1963 (weeks after the India-China war). After his detention, Wang was moved from one jail to another for nearly seven years. Finally, he was released in 1969 and the police escorted him to the remote village of Tirodi in central Indian Province of Madhya Pradesh. As the police asked him to settle there, the Chinese national had no other option, but to marry a local woman. Now, the 77-year-old Wang is living in Tirodi with his wife, three children and grandchildren.
A couple years ago, Wang decided to meet his three brothers and two sisters. He immediately requested the Indian government, as well as the Chinese government, to allow him, his son Vishnu Wang, daughter Anita Wankhede, daughter-in-law Neha Wang and grandson Khanak Wang to visit China.
Last week, senior spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup told the media that the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi was following up Wang’s case and trying hard to help him and his family members cross the border. He informed the press that the Indian government not only worked with the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, but also asked the Indian Embassy in Beijing to complete all formalities and arrange Wang’s visit to his country.
On Saturday, the Chinese state-run daily ‘Global Times’ confirmed that Wang reached home and enjoyed his favourite noodles after five decades. Online China, which erupted over Wang’s return, thanked India for helping the Chinese army surveyor return home. It stated: “He was a surveying and mapping soldier. It’s humanitarian for Indians who do not kill him at once. It’s also reasonable that they do not allow him to come back. Now after decades, they finally let him back.”
Soon after the BBC published a special report on Wang’s plight two weeks ago, Global Times reported that Beijing, too, wanted to help the soldier’s return, saying that Wang’s visit to China would certainly boost Sino-Indian ties and improve mutual understanding.


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