Chinese soldier trapped in India meets his family after 50 years

Wang Qi, 77 along with his Indian family members, was received by his close Chinese relatives, besides officials of the China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian embassy when he reached in Beijing.

Chinese soldier trapped in India meets his family after 50 years

A Chinese soldier, who was stuck in India for over 50 years after he crossed the border following the 1962 war, has reunited with his family.

Wang Qi, 77 along with his Indian family members, was received by his close Chinese relatives, besides officials of the China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian embassy when he reached in Beijing, BBC reported.

Wang became emotional as he hugged his relatives, their first reunion after he crossed into Indian side over five decades ago. He was accompanied by his son Vishnu Wang, 35, daughter-in-law Neha and granddaughter, Khanak Wang. His Indian wife Sushila, however, stayed back due to illness.


The emotional reunion became a possibility after India and China worked out modalities for both Wang and his Indian family to travel together to China and later return as per their wish.

Wang was caught when he entered the Indian territory shortly after the Sino-India War of 1962. After his release from prison in 1969, he settled in Tirodi village of Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh.

A recent BBC feature on Wang highlighted in Chinese social media and the Chinese government has taken actions to coordinate with India to facilitate his return. Even though Wang story had been published in Indian medias, BBC feature made a significant role here.

Though his story has been published by Indian media several times in the past, a recent BBC TV feature on him was widely picked by the Chinese social media highlighting his plight, prompting the Chinese government to initiate action in coordination with India to facilitate his return.

On February 6, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that he was provided with a passport to travel to China in 2013 and he was also paid a living allowance.