Taiwan says a soldier lacking from an island off the Chinese language coast has been present in China

Taipei (CNN) – The pinnacle of the China-Taiwanese Coverage Company mentioned Monday {that a} lacking Taiwanese soldier has been discovered on an island off the Chinese language coast in mainland China.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Protection mentioned in an announcement Thursday afternoon that the soldier, surnamed Chen, went lacking on Erdan Island after he went round on Thursday morning. The ministry mentioned it had fashioned a particular pressure to trace down the soldier and decide the causes.

Erdan Island, a part of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen Islands, is positioned lower than 5 kilometers from the Chinese language metropolis of Xiamen, in accordance with the official Taiwan Central Information Company.

Chiu Tai-san, Taiwan’s mainland affairs council minister, mentioned on Monday that China had knowledgeable Taiwan that the soldier was presently in mainland China.

Qiu mentioned the 2 sides have communication channels to cope with emergencies and battle crime. “The Ministry of Protection and the Coast Guard Division are actively conscious of the related progress and scenario,” Qiu mentioned, including that the Ministry of Protection has mechanisms in place to find out whether or not a soldier needs to be recognized as a deserter.

CNN has contacted Taiwan’s Ministry of Protection for remark.