India behaving like mature power in Doklam standoff: USA defence expert

India has reportedly sent more troops to its border with China and raised its alert level as a standoff with Chinese troops enters its eighth week. They asked not to be identified citing rules on speaking to the media.

The top American defense expert said that India's behavior vis-a-vis the Doklam border issue is quite similar to that of a mature power.

Bhutan and China have also agreed to maintain the status quo on the border as before March 1959 and abstain from taking any unilateral action or using force for the objective of altering the status quo of the boundary.

However, some reports claimed that the troop level was enhanced as part of the annual exercise in high altitude area.

Official sources in New Delhi, meanwhile, maintained that India has been continuously in touch with Bhutan over the Doklam stand-off and briefed it on a regular basis about the situation in the area.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday assured the Lok Sabha that the armed forces were prepared for any eventuality amid a tense standoff between India and China in Doklam.

The official however said there was no deployment of extra troops at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, where around 350 Indian army personnel have been locked in a face-off with Chinese troops for almost seven weeks.

The Doklam standoff between India and China is on the verge of completing two months but the tension doesn't seem to be reducing in any way. "There is no reason for panic".

A senior Indian official said, "The meeting remained inconclusive as the Chinese side insisted on withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam immediately". China is considered as an adolescent throwing "tamper tantrum" over India.

A strip of land in the Himalayas stuck in the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction is stalling the mission of recalculating the height of the world's largest peak.

"Since this flag meeting hasn't resulted in a resolution of the conflict at Doklam, it appears to be a long-drawn affair", Narasimhan said.

Vanessa Coleman

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