China had earlier stated that the border situation in Ladakh was beginning to normalize and that the military unrest brought on by the fighting in Galwan had stopped. However, India noted on Friday that additional steps were needed before the situation returned to "complete normalcy."
The Chinese ambassador recently claimed that the two nations had moved to "normalized management and control." However, the external affairs ministry responded that there were still some steps that needed to be taken before complete normalcy could be achieved and that "we have not reached that stage."
When questioned about the comments made by the Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi predominated that the situation in eastern Ladakh is "overall stable" as the two sides have transitioned from the "emergency response" that followed the clashes in the Galwan valley in 2020 to "normalized" management.
The spokesperson repeated India's expectations for disengagement, de-escalation, and a return to normalcy along the border. He added that this might open the way for normal relations between the two neighbors.
In a speech on September 27, Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong argued that the border situation is "generally steady" and that the two nations have transitioned from the "emergency response" that followed the conflict in the Galwan Valley in June 2020 to "normalized management and control."
S. Jaishankar, India's minister of external affairs, stated last month that Beijing's actions on the LAC are putting India-China relations through a "very tough phase" and that it will be challenging to have an Asian century if the two nations do not cooperate.
After China gathered tens of thousands of troops in the Ladakh section of the LAC and attempted to change the status quo two years ago, bilateral ties reached an all-time low.
Twenty Indian and at least four Chinese soldiers were killed in a fierce battle in the Galwan Valley in June 2022.
After more than two dozen rounds of diplomatic and military negotiations since the standoff started, India and China have removed their frontline soldiers from the two banks of Pangong Lake, Gogra, and Hot Springs. However, there hasn't been much progress on other places of friction like Demchok and Depsang.
India has also rejected China's request to move the border stalemate to a more "suitable location" while advancing other aspects of bilateral relations, like commerce.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari stated on Tuesday that the restoration of the pre-standoff status quo and a complete troop withdrawal from all flashpoints would serve as the standard for the situation in eastern Ladakh to return to normal.
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