Revision Schedule for Prelims 2017
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This is related to China, so may not be very important but because of soft power diplomacy by China, combination of three cultural/ religious systems along with artificial intelligence, it becomes important for prelims like the name of the robot etc. It may also be used as an example in a mains answer/ essay on international relations and use of soft power.
An important link in China’s OBOR initiative. OBOR, Silk Route etc are important for prelims and mains both.
Swerving off the road:
Hasn’t given up on India’s participation:
A reset in ties required:
The U.S. angle:
Neighbourhood on board:
Contours of a compromise:
Two thousand years later, it may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. An important op-ed for Mains.
Locate the locations mentioned in the article – Horn of Africa, Gwadar etc. The expansion of Chinese military forces is not a surprise, given its attempt to increase its influence around the world.
Recognising global trends:
India now finds itself increasingly isolated in continental Asia:
Current state of India:
Where do we fit in this realignment?
Should India participate in OBOR?
India should review relations with neighbours, focus on the economy and join the One Belt, One Road to shape the ‘Asian Century’
In current geopolitical scenario, ‘should Indian join OBOR?’ is a prominent question. This op-ed gives a perspective for that.
Deepening ties-The silk route diplomacy:
This is an all-time important issue in international relations. Note it for mains. Do the mapping exercise in SCS and South-east Asian Islands, straits etc for Prelims.
This news article will help you to understand the scale of OBOR. Goods will be transported from China to Britain. In comparison, all of India’s infrastructure projects in our neighborhood (not even global projects) are at an early stage of development.
Task for students: Trace the route (countries are mentioned above) on a map.
China recently flagged of its first direct freight train to Iran from its trading hub of Yiwu, in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang.
It has responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
China has made Nanning one of the focal points of the proposed Maritime Silk Road. By 2020, Nanning port’s capacity is expected to rise to 22.83 million tonnes.