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China’s present goal may not be chiefly to acquire territory, but to force on India a political settlement which will involve India re-orienting its policies to suit the pattern of Chinese global policies. Critically analyse.

Topic : Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. India and its neighborhood- relations.

3. China’s present goal may not be chiefly to acquire territory, but to force on India a political settlement which will involve India re-orienting its policies to suit the pattern of Chinese global policies. Critically analyse. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The article captures the views expressed by Gautam Bambawale, former Indian Ambassador to China on the evolving situation along the LAC.

Key Demand of the question:

One must critically analyse in what way China’s present goal may not be chiefly to acquire territory, but to force on India a political settlement which will involve India re-orienting its policies to suit the pattern of Chinese global policies.

Directive:

Critically 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. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Gautam Bambawale has stated that the June 15 clash at Galwan Valley, which claimed 20 Indian soldiers has caused irreparable damage to the border architecture, carefully built by India and China to maintain peace.

Body:

Discuss the inflection points between India and China. Unlike previously, where despite the instances of border skirmishes along the LAC, relationship between India and China continued in some sense, the current situation would act as an inflection point in the broader bilateral relation because of the following reasons. Discuss the various points in past where China violated the past agreements. Explain the options available with India.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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