4) Is the Quadrilateral arrangement involving Australia, India, Japan and the U.S  a viable and strong arrangement to take on China? Critically examine

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Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

4) Is the Quadrilateral arrangement involving Australia, India, Japan and the U.S  a viable and strong arrangement to take on China? Critically examine. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

Quad is in news all the time thanks to China’s rise and rise. However, analysing if it’s just another futile attempt to counter China or not is important. As it’s an evolving issue, you should know its contours now itself.  Important question for Mains. 

Key demand of the question:

Address if the Quad is a formidable counter-arrangement to counter China. Make both pro and against arguments.    

Directive Word:

Critically examine: You should write pro and against facts and opinions (not your own). 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write in 2-3 lines, especially in the light of recent event of rise of Xi as supreme leader for eternity(as long as he lives though), why Quad is needed and what’s it present status is. 

In the body, don’t mechanically divide answer into “positives” and “Negatives”. Properly balance answer by using connective and transition words (Such as However, Moreover etc). In each part, in the light of various current affairs, examine if Quad is a viable and strong arrangement to counter China. 

In the conclusion, give a message that the Quad should be careful yet grow more robust.