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The rising tensions between US and China affords an opportunity for India to secure some of its crucial interests. Do you agree? Analyse and comment.

Topic:  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, Indian diaspora.

4. The rising tensions between US and China affords an opportunity for India to secure some of its crucial interests. Do you agree? Analyse and comment. (250 words)

The Hindu

Why this question:

The article discusses in what way the rising tensions between US and China affords an opportunity for India to secure some of its crucial interests.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the present scenario; explain in detail the rising tensions between US and China. Highlight the possible challenges and opportunities that the context throws at India.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Recently USA and China agreed on a temporary trade deal (‘Phase One’) to ongoing trade war between them. However this will not significantly improve the relations between the two countries. Since many other challenges between these two countries have  risen  up  in  recent  times  like-  technology war, passing of Hong Kong Human rights  act, US’s decision on Iran etc.

Body:

Explain first what has been the impact of this tension on India so far?

Quote the “Ecowrap report” and the key highlights of it.

Explain the opportunities it poses to India.

Discuss in what way India can respond to this challenge.

Conclusion:

Conclude that US-China rising tensions could help India achieve its economic and strategic interests that are crucial to the growth of the country.