China hails India for facilitating soldier's return

Feb 14, 2017, 00:41
China hails India for facilitating soldier's return

After remaining stranded in India for half a century, Chinese soldier Wang Qi, on Saturday reunited with his family back home as he returned to China, The Hindu reported. "Where would I go?" he said.

Div Shu Nag - a PLA infantryman - was arrested from Ladakh on January 3, 1963, armed with a machine-gun and 100 bullets.

His wife was too sick to travel, but Wang arrived in Beijing on Friday with his adult children, where they were met by his surviving relatives.

Following his stint in jail, Wang was relocated to the remote Indian village of Tirodi in Madhya Pradesh where he ended up marrying and settling down.

He will now fly on to his home city of Xianyang. He was not allowed to return to China, however, but nor was he given Indian citizenship. They also greeted the couple at a reception at a hotel in west Mysuru.David, who works at a trading company in China, fell in love with Wang, his colleague.

Wang Qi was put up in a VIP rest house and will leave for his ancestral house on Monday.

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Reserved, poised, and loyal. "They're just too different", a source told Us Weekly . This time, however, their hand-holding and kissing was caught on camera.

He told CGTN News that the reunion - initiated after his story gained intense media coverage - was the "happiest day" of his life and he couldn't express his excitement over seeing family members, including his tearful 84-year-old brother.

He was captured after the end of the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

"He has not changed much, I can still recognize him", said villager Wang Ming. "My family is (in India)", he says. She died in 2006 without seeing her "favorite son" again. But he still wants to visit "the country of his birth". But, after spending years trying to get government permission to visit his homeland, Wang can likely thank the BBC for the sudden breakthrough in his case. "Wang was given a warm welcome here". Not long after, arrangements were made for his return. "However, Wang Qi and his family have not decided whether they will eventually settle in China or return to Madhya Pradesh", said Manphie Xu, a Guangzhou-based journalist told TOI.

In BBC's first story on Wang's plight On Jan 31, journalist Vineet Khare went to Tirodi village to arrange for a video call between Wang and his family in China. Hundreds of people came to meet us.

Since his emotional reunion on Saturday in Xian with his brothers and sister, Wang has been swept up in a whirl of media attention and feted by the government.

Wang Qi, 77, along with his son Vishnu Wang, daughter-in-law Neha and grand daughter, Khanak Wang, received a warm welcome in Beijing from their relatives and China's Foreign Affairs Ministry.