BEIJING (AP) — China says it is not holding any Indian soldiers in the Himalayan border standoff between the two countries, but has not directly addressed media reports that China released 10 of them late Thursday.
“My information is that at present there are no Indian personnel detained on the Chinese side,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Friday, according to an English version of his daily briefing posted on the ministry website.
Earlier reports, based on the ministry’s simultaneous translation at the briefing, said that Zhao had said that India had not seized any Indian soldiers.
The later version posted on the ministry’s website leaves open the possibility that Indian troops were being held earlier.
Indian officials have denied that their soldiers were in Chinese custody.