India behaving like mature power in doklam standoff’

India is “behaving like a mature power” in the Doklam standoff in the Sikkim sector and making China look like an adolescent throwing a temper 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.