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China stand-off: India hopes solution will emerge

New Delhi: Seeking to downplay the stand-off with China over incursions in Ladakh, India on Wednesday expressed hope that a solution would emerge from the process underway, saying "we are going in the right direction".

Even as China refused to move out of Daulat Beg Oldi area, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid maintained that "disagreements on the ground" take place because of differences in perception over the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

"We have a system in place which kicks in when there is an issue and then that system tries to provide a solution. That is what we are doing right now. That process is going on and I hope we will find a solution. I think we are going in the right direction," he told reporters here.

He went on to add, "I do not think we should be talking about it in too much of detail because let the process work out a solution. Let us not either create an impediment or a doubt about the process."

His comments came a day after a Flag meeting between the two sides failed to end the stand-off as China demanded that India should dismantle some bunkers being built there.

The Minister said the perception over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) varies between the two countries and "when perceptions vary, sometimes disagreements on the ground can take place."

He said the two countries are in the process of working towards demarcating the LAC.

Chinese troops entered Indian territory in DBO on April 15, established a small camp and have refused to go back to their side of the LAC.

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