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Most of his novels draw on political conflicts in Chinese history.

Hi,
Is "draw on" in the above equivalent to "use?" Thanks.
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draw on political conflicts = draw their inspiration from political conflicts = are based on political conflicts = are modeled on political conflicts
CJ
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Basically, yes.

To expand on this:

'Most of his novels use political conflicts in Chinese history as a base, setting or theme for the story'
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