Excerpts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on February 6, 2017
Q: We are all very concerned about the case of Wang Qi, a Chinese soldier in India who as an old man longs to be united with his family in China. Do you have any latest updates on this case? What have you done to help bring him back?
A: We know that this case has been closely followed by the media, and we have already talked about the efforts made by the Chinese Embassy in India over recent years. Mr. Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to India, also spoke with Mr. Wang over the phone the other day, as you may have noticed from the news coverage.
The Chinese Embassy in India has been in contact with Mr. Wang over the past few years, making great efforts in smoothing the way for him to return and visit families in China which included communicating with the Indian side to timely process his exit and entry formalities. The Chinese Embassy in India issued a 10-year Chinese passport to him in 2013 and has been providing him with a certain amount of living allowances per annum since then. We believe that with the joint efforts of China and India and following the wishes of Mr. Wang, this case will come to a satisfactory ending.
Q: You just talked about Mr. Wang’s conditions and the work China has been doing to bring him back. The fact is that he now has a family in India with children and grandchildren. Will China consider arranging his family members to return to China?
A: I suggest you take a look at the statements released on the website of the Chinese Embassy in India. Information about the phone call I just mentioned between Ambassador Luo Zhaohui and Mr. Wang is also on the website. I want to reiterate that we believe that with the joint efforts of China and India and in particular following the wishes of Mr. Wang, this case will come to a satisfactory ending. The Chinese government and the Chinese Embassy in India are in touch with Mr. Wang and his families. They are also in close communication with the Indian side.