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India-China situation still not normal: Government

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New Delhi, Oct 07: The situation on the Line of Actual Control is "still not normal", despite some positive steps, Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.

"The situation is still not normal. Some positive steps have been taken, but some more need to be taken," foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a news briefing in Delhi.

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"Some steps are necessary for complete normalcy, we have not reached that at all, but we would like that the whole sequence is there, that there is disengagement, de-escalation, then there is normalcy on the border so that there can be any regularity or normalcy in our overall relationship. We have not reached there yet," he said.

"I think I would not be able to say in the way that the situation is normal, there have been some positive steps but some more steps are still left," he added.

During military level talks, India and China announced that their respective armies would be disengaging at the Gogra Hot Springs PP-15 along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

The decision to disengage was taken during the 16th India-China commander level talks. It was decided to disengage in a coordinated manner which is conducive to peace and harmony, a joint statement released by the Ministry of Defence said.

Since then, the two sides had maintained regular contact to build on the progress achieved during the talks to resolve the relevant issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China border.

The Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in a stand-off at the friction points for more than two years.

India has been consistently maintaining that peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are key for the overall development of the bilateral ties.

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