Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
4. Strong bilateral ties between like-minded nations such as India and Australia will remain critical to shaping the Indo-Pacific security architecture. Analyse. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: Indian Express
Why the question:
Australia is investing over $280 million (Rs 1,500 crore) – towards new programmes and initiatives across technology, space, critical minerals, strategic research and people-to-people links to boost cooperation with India.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the various facets of India-Australia relations especially with respect to space, critical minerals, strategic research, people-to-people links, security and stability of the Indo-Pacific.
Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Start with brief background of the context of the question.
First, write about the various aspects of growing trade between India and Australia – recently introduced Update to Australia’s India Economic Strategy, space, critical minerals, strategic research and people-to-people links to boost cooperation with India, business engagement and an increased Australian presence in India etc.
Next, write about security in the Indo-pacific – formation of AUKUS, QUAD and overall aspect of China.
Next, write about various bottlenecks in bilateral ties between both the nations.
Suggest way forward and conclude.