China’s next steps will be watched closely to decide on the future course of engagement either at the bilateral or multilateral level, the people said on condition of anonymity.

The recent completion of disengagement on the banks of Pangong Lake in the Ladakh sector is only the start of a process and China needs to do much more to fully restore normalcy in the bilateral relationship, people familiar with the developments aid.

“The train went off the tracks. We have just started the process of getting it back on the tracks. Let’s see where things go,” one of the people cited above said.

A joint statement issued after the meeting described the drawdown at Pangong Lake as “a significant step forward” and.

Said the two sides would continue their dialogue and “push for a mutually.

Acceptable resolution of the remaining issues in a steady and orderly manner”.

However, the people cited above said there were no immediate indications.

s to when the next round of talks, either at the diplomatic or military level, would be held with the Chinese side.

Experts cautioned that too much shouldn’t read into the.

Chinese foreign ministry’s statement on Monday that supports India’s chairmanship of the Brics grouping for 2021.

“China should know that after Galwan it can’t be business as usual,” said former ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar.