The Hindu Editorial (For a reset) – Mar 19, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (For a reset) – Mar 19, 2021

As top diplomats from the U.S. and China begin their meeting in Alaska, there is no question that their conversation will be a difficult one. The meeting, between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Yang Jiechi,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (For a reset) – Mar 19, 2021.

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  1. reset (noun) – re-establishment.
  2. ties (noun) – association, relationship; bond, connection.
  3. diplomat (noun) – ambassador, envoy, emissary, consul.
  4. Chinese Communist Party (CCP) (noun) – also known as the Communist Party of China (CPC); it is the founding and ruling political party of modern China, officially known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
  5. politburo (noun) – the main policy-making committee (standing committee) of a communist party.
  6. accompany (verb) – occur with, co-occur with, coincide with, coexist with.
  7. National Security Adviser (NSA) the United States (noun) – The National Security Advisor serves as the principal advisor to the President of the United States on all national security issues. The National Security Advisor is appointed by the President and does not require confirmation by the United States Senate.
  8. on the back of (phrase) – as a result of, after, subsequent to.
  9. spiral (verb) – increase/rise rapidly, leap up, escalate.
  10. espionage (noun) – the act of spying; obtaining secret or confidential (political or military) information of a country and/or disclosing it without the permission of that country; undercover work, infiltration, counter-intelligence.
  11. maritime (adjective) – of or related to the sea.
  12. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  13. exacerbate (verb) – intensify, increase, heighten, aggravate, worsen, compound.
  14. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  15. bring up (phrasal verb) – raise something (a point/issue) for discussion.
  16. crackdown (noun) – getting tough, severe/stern measures, restriction, suppression/repression, clampdown.
  17. aggression (noun) – hostility, belligerence, combativeness, warmongering, hawkishness.
  18. ally (noun) – a country/state with an alliance with another one in which they promise to support each other militarily and to defend each other.
  19. in particular (phrase) – to be specific, especially, specifically.
  20. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) (noun) – People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed forces of the country of China and the Communist Party of China (CPC). It is one of the largest military forces in the world.
  21. incursion (noun) – intrusion, trespass, infiltration.
  22. Line of Actual Control (LAC) (noun) – the de-facto (effective) border between India and China. The LAC is a 4,057-km border running through three areas-Western (Ladakh, Ladakh (Kashmir)), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal), and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal).
  23. bilateral (adjective) – involving two groups or countries.
  24. preface (verb) – start, begin, introduce.
  25. pushback (noun) – resistance, opposition, disagreement, force back, repulse drive.
  26. backing (noun) – support, help, assistance.
  27. summit-level (adjective) – relating to an international meeting/conference of heads of state/government.
  28. Quad/Quadrilateral (noun) – The ‘Quadrilateral’ is described as four democracies (the United States, Japan, Australia, and India) with a shared objective to ensure and support a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.
  29. The Indo-Pacific (region) (noun) – the Indo-Pacific region refers to the confluence (convergence) of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which interconnect in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and more).
  30. seek (verb) – ask for, request, demand, appeal.
  31. reversal (noun) – repeal, nullification, cancellation, withdrawal.
  32. structured (adjective) – organized.
  33. dialogue (noun) – discussion, discourse, exchange of views (to solve a problem).
  34. take forward (phrasal verb) – give one’s attention to, deal/cope with, address, handle.
  35. arguably (adverb) – possibly, conceivably, maybe, potentially.
  36. consulate (noun) – mission, embassy, representation, diplomatic establishment.
  37. airing (noun) – expression, voicing, articulation.
  38. grievance (noun) – complaint, criticism, problem, objection/protest.
  39. breakthrough (noun) – very important/significant development or progress.
  40. the fact that (phrase) – used to mention a specific condition in a conversation.
  41. at all (phrase) – in any way, by any means.
  42. formulation (noun) – a specific expression (of an idea).
  43. competitive (adjective) – aggressive, ambitious, driven (to be more successful).
  44. collaborative (adjective) – collective, united, combined.
  45. adversarial (adjective) – involving conflict or opposition.
  46. chalk up (phrasal verb) – to think that a particular matter is caused by something. ascribe, attribute, connect/link with.
  47. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  48. World Economic Forum (WEF) (noun) – an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.
  49. trade war/tariff war (noun) – a condition in which a country increases tariffs on foreign goods and imposes quota restrictions to restrict other countries’ trade.
  50. cost (verb) – cause the loss of, damage.
  51. troika (noun) – a group of three (people, institutions, countries and etc.).
  52. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  53. summit (noun) – (international) meeting, conference, conclave.
  54. litany (noun) – recitation, repetition, repetitive series/account.
  55. cold war (noun) – a state of political and military tension between two countries, especially superpowers.
  56. the Cold War (noun) – The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc (the United States and a group of countries) and powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and a group of countries).
  57. avert (verb) – prevent, stop, avoid.
  58. akin (adjective) – similar, related, equivalent.
  59. proverbial (adjective) – well known, famous, traditional (proverb).
  60. when two elephants fight the grass suffers (phrase) – the weak/vulnerable (people) suffer in a clash between the powerful people.


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