5) Deepening defence ties with Vietnam will give boost to the India’s Act East policy. Comment.(250 words)

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Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

5) Deepening defence ties with Vietnam will give boost to the India’s Act East policy. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

Recently US passed Countering Americas Adversaries through Sanctions Act ( CAATSA) which will complicate the defence ties between Vietnam and Russia. This gives India an important opportunity to further strengthen and deepen its defence cooperation with Vietnam. The issue is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-

India and its neighborhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our knowledge  and understanding of the nature of defence ties between India and Vietnam and present our opinion on how the ties can be further deepened.

Directive word

Comment- we have to express our understanding of the issue and deliberate upon the key demand of the question.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Briefly discuss India’s Act east policy, its aim. Also mention that Vietnam can be an important partner in achieving those aims.

Body

  1. Discuss the scope of deepening defence ties with Vietnam under the present circumstances- US has passed the CAATSA which will dilute Vietnam’s engagement with Russia. Also discuss the tensions in the South China Sea and how that can be capitalised to strengthen defence cooperation between India and Vietnam.
  2. Discuss in points, in what ways the defence ties can be strengthened. E.g Brahmos missile transfer, cyber security cooperation, commonality in military platforms which have the potential to attain a high degree of interoperability, Akash missile etc.

Conclusion– mention the need for superior industrial partnership, development of indigenous technologies and co-production in order to realise the required level of cooperation.