Doklam standoff: India behaving like a mature power, says US expert

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:August 12, 2017 12:40 pm
doklam standoff, sikkim standoff, india-china relations, india-china war, indian army, chinese army, arunachal pradesh, indian express “New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing’s over-the-top rhetoric,” the expert said.

India is “behaving like a mature power” in the Doklam standoff in the Sikkim section and making China look like an adolescent throwing a tamper tantrum, a top American defence expert has said. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

Praising India’s behaviour over the matter, James R Holmes, professor of strategy at the prestigious US Naval War College, said, “New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing’s over-the-top rhetoric.” “It is behaving as the mature power and making China look like the adolescent throwing a temper tantrum,” Holmes said. Holmes said it was ‘weird’ that China wanted to keep alive a boundary dispute with its most formidable neighbour.

“If China wants to pursue an assertive maritime strategy, it needs secure borders on land so it doesn’t have to worry about overland aggression from its neighbours,” Holmes said. “In other words, confronting India in the Himalayas is not a purely rational course of action driven by rational cost/benefit analysis,” said the professor from the US Naval War College. When asked why the US has remained silent so far on this issue, he said the current administration has too much on its plate.

“It’s also possible Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and his advisers don’t want the United States involved in a Himalayan dispute it has little way of influencing. If the dispute escalates, chances are Washington will come out in support of New Delhi,” Holmes said.

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    Jay
    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    Where there is an American, where there is war and death, and now the United States is not 30 years ago in the United States, the United States has been finished, Chuan Pu has clearly shouted slogans: the United States first, the United States preferred, now the United States do All things are provocative, for the United States are the interests! The decisions of the rulers of the United States were behind the persuasion of the Jewish chieftains, and the Jews were too bad to blame Hitler for killing six million Jews!
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    fjas
    Aug 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    China can easily defeat India with the help of our traitors Papu Family.
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    vvvvv
    Aug 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    It is your duty US to make fight each other nation and later they come resuce and grab the land as done In Afganistan .. Iraq .. Syria.... All the middle east coutnries. This americian all are fakkus like our leader modi. We never trust to them. ... Jai Hind
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