BEIJING: A Chinese soldier, who was stuck in India for over 50 years after he crossed over the border after the 1962 war, was welcomed warmly when he visited his native village in Shaanxi province.
Wang, 77, who arrived in the provincial capital Xian last month along with his Indian son, daughter and granddaughter, visited his village on Sunday, Chongqing Morning News reported yesterday. He is accompanied by his son Vishnu Wang, 35, daughter-in- law Neha and granddaughter Khanak Wang.
He was surrounded by his relatives when he arrived at the village. He visited his mother's grave soon after his arrival. Vishnu thanked the village leaders for the warm welcome, the report said. The village was decorated with banners and the local government said he would be allotted a house, if he stayed back. Wang was caught when he entered the Indian territory shortly after the Sino-India War of 1962.
He was later released from jail and settled in Tirodi village of Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh where he married a local woman. He returned to China on February 11 after India and China worked out modalities for Wang and his Indian family to travel to China and later return as per their wish.
Though his story had 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 which highlighted his plight. This prompted the Chinese government to initiate action in coordination with India to facilitate his return.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on February 6 that he was provided a passport to travel to China in 2013 and was also paid a living allowance.