While Tuesday's meeting was held in Chushul on the Indian side, the previous two took place in Moldo on the Chinese side.
The Indian Army's Lieutenant General Harinder Singh met his counterpart from the Chinese Army Major General Liu Lin of the South Xinjiang Military Region on the Indian side. This was the third senior military commander level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the faceoff sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas. Chinese troops, sources said, have continued to build infrastructure near Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley, and have also made incursions in the Depsang Plains, close to Daulat Beg Oldie, India's strategic base near the Karakoram Pass.
The Indian government has given Indian army a free hand to cope with the situation on the border as China has chose to turn the difference on the LAC into permanent dispute. India had asked the Chinese side to return to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.
In a strongly-worded statement, the external affairs ministry last week held China responsible for the standoff, saying it has has been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC since early May and that conduct of the Chinese forces is in complete disregard of all mutually agreed norms.
The modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and these will be taken forward by both sides, sources added.
In the second round of Corps Commander-level talks held on June 22, both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector, army sources said.
June 15 was the first time the Indian Army faced casualties in a clash with the China's People's Liberation Army since 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.
India's army chief, Gen. M.M. Naravane, visited the area in Ladakh last week to review his troops' preparedness after hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 left 20 Indians dead.
China is also mentioned to have used thermal imaging drones to trace the Indian Army troopers scattered on the treacherous terrain right before brutally attacking them.