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How exactly does China benefit from its belligerent foreign policy and BRI initiatives? [closed]

This is a question that struck and has stuck with me for a long time. As per the relatively naive mind that I have in geopolitics, China fervently invests in the BRI in economically weaker countries ...
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How many US nationals were working for major US news outlets in China in mid-2020?

Back at the end of 2020, there was this spat: In a sharp escalation of tensions between the two superpowers, China announced on Tuesday that it would expel American journalists working for The New ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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What does China get from being a member of the IMF?

What does China get from being a member of the IMF? They don't have a lot of voting power so it's unlikely that they can use their voting powers to do anything since the U.S. has the most voting power ...
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Why is India concerned about F-16 sales but not concerned about J-10C sales to Pakistan? [closed]

I see that India is very concerned about F-16-related sales to Pakistan. However, India didn't make a single official remark on the 36 Chinese J-10C sales to Pakistan. That means they don't care about ...
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Why did the USA have 11-100 troops in Russia and China in 2020? [closed]

According to this report published by AlJazeera in 2020, the USA has troops and/or bases on Russian and Chinese soil. Since when are the bases/soldiers located in those two countries, and why weren't ...
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Which EU countries were or still are China managed to have an influence on academic freedom?

During a discussion, a colleague mentioned that China has an influence on academic freedom in many countries. This seems to be confirmed by this article which mentions academic exchanges as a ...
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Track records of legacy poly-sci frameworks applied to China

There is some scholarly research on this but it seems a bit dated. I would like to know if there are any updated research opinions on this be they from academia or industry. Walder (1986) and Oi (1989)...
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Has the WTO adjudicated any disputes in which unofficial trade barriers were alleged?

In a recent case against China, the EU alleges that various "errors" have started to pop up in the processing Lithuanian goods by the Chinese customs. However, no explicit Chinese laws or ...
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Does China (still) use non-public trade regulations (neibu cankao), thus avoiding WTO scrutiny?

According to a 2014 paper by US law professor: many WTO violations take place in the interstices of law, areas where government officials exercise discretion: whether or not to register a foreign ...
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Did China cheat in implementing the anti-counterfeiting change in re DS362? If so, why didn't the US pursue the matter further?

A 2014 paper by a US law professor claims that China has essentially cheated in term of compliance in several WTO cases. For instance on the provision to destroy counterfeited goods, from 2007 case ...
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How do you determine if a country's track record in WTO compliance is good?

Second, it argues that for those prac- tices that are protectionist or otherwise problematic, international trade rules should be utilized to steer China in a market-oriented direction. Despite any ...
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(Why) has China's judiciary started to issue "anti-suit injunctions" against EU companies only in 2020?

According to the EU, the basis of their DS611 complain against China at the WTO is that: Since August 2020, Chinese courts have been issuing decisions – known as ‘anti-suit injunctions’ – to exert ...
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Why didn't the EU bring as many WTO cases against China than against the United States?

Why didn't the EU bring as many WTO cases against China than against the United States? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/united-states-china-trade-disputes-charts/ I was looking at the charts, ...
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Why does Biden administration want to ban some Chinese investment in US companies in the clean energy sector?

Based on https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/us/politics/biden-china-tech-executive-order.html President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday designed to sharpen the federal government’s powers ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_government-owned_companies State-owned enterprises accounted for over 60% of China's market ...
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Does the U.S. accusation of “innovation mercantilism” by China have any legal basis? [closed]

China’s systematic “innovation mercantilism” is a threat not only to the world’s major economies—particularly to the European Union, Japan, and the United States—but also to the very soul of the ...
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Why is Pakistan requesting $450 million of F-16 sales from the USA? [closed]

Biden administration approves upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft in $450-million deal According to the above news, Pakistan is probably getting spare parts and engines for its grounded F-16s....
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

China and India are not participating in the sanctions imposed by the Western world on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. This has effectively made the sanctions much less effective, compared to what ...
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Is the Pakistan Army stuck in a position where they must abide by the USA's policy of Pakistan, or does it just want to control the country's affairs? [closed]

I will give one example only. However, this example can be extrapolated into other sections of the Pakistan military. If we look at the Pakistan Air Force, their attack backbone is composed of F-16 ...
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The US has banned advanced EUV machines being sold to China, but does it mean that non-China firms cannot use them in China?

Recently the US govt has banned China firms from acquiring the machines for 14nm process technology and below. This legislation specifically targets China firms. However, what stopping non-China ...
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What proportion of Chinese lending to Africa is interest-free, according to the World Bank?

I'm trying to figure out if some figures put out by Johns Hopkins CARI (China-Africa Research Initiative) in a WaPo piece include (or don't) the so-called "hidden lending" that China ...
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Does any international law support the claim that "Taiwan's independence or not should be decided by Taiwanese people, not by any other country"?

I wonder if any international law or agreement authorizes the Taiwanese people with the right to self-determination. Namely "Taiwan's independence or not should be decided by Taiwanese people, ...
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What benefits does China gain by waiving debt to African countries like this?

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx_662805/202208/t20220819_10745617.html What benefits does China gain by waiving debt to African countries like this? Second, we need to take concrete actions to ...
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Does China have a mechanism for allowing whistleblowers within the government to speak out and protect them?

Does China have a mechanism for allowing whistleblowers within the government to speak out and protect them? Over the past few years, the Chinese government has on numerous occasions highlighted the ...
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What do Muslim countries have to gain from visiting Xinjiang at the invitation of the Chinese?

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220810-diplomats-from-30-muslim-countries-visited-chinas-xinjiang-region/ A delegation of 32 envoys and senior diplomats from 30 Muslim-majority countries have ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Despite difficult relations between the United States and China, collaborative research between the two countries has remained resilient. But with young scientists entering the workforce amid ...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

China has published a White Paper on the situation with Taiwan. Here is the translation: The spokesperson of the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was authorized ...
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What do Taiwan independence supporters want to do with the areas controlled by the ROC that aren't part of Taiwan?

The Republic of China's government controls the island of Taiwan and a few islands in Fuchien (Fujian) province. Do most proposals for an independent Taiwan call for the ROC controlled parts of ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

I wonder based on the current agreements between United States and Taiwan, if Taiwan has the right to strike (fire) against PLA of China first when they feel they will be invaded by China but still ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

The West has been supporting Taiwan for decades and is constantly worried about China taking over the island. But in practical terms... why do they care? What risks does the West face from allowing ...
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What commodities do China and Taiwan trade, primarily?

Recently after Pelosi's visit to Taiwan , China suspended the trade with Taiwan for many products It blocked import of goods like fruits, certain types of fish, etc. and also halted the export of Sand ...
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Why did the U.S. DoS issue guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for some Chinese students beginning June 11 2018?

I read on bu.edu/isso: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June ...
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Does a country in a, nominal or actual, civil war lose credibility when it's unable to control its territorial waters? e.g. Taiwan, Gibraltar possibly [closed]

In every historical case since the establishment of the UN, when warships freely sail within the territorial waters of a country without prior approval, it was seen as a challenge to the authority and ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

Reading the Western press, the People's Republic of China (from hereon China) regularly threatens military brimstone and hellfire if the Republic of China (Taiwan) dares to declare independence. ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan? A lot of people who know nothing about geopolitics are saying that China is throwing a tantrum, but is this really the ...
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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

When discussing foreign policy, at least in English, many political leaders will mention the importance of working with their country's allies. A case in point would be the US and recent statements ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (USA exploiting rivalry between China and Russia)?

From Wikipedia article on triangular diplomacy In political science, triangular diplomacy is a foreign policy of the United States, developed during the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by Henry Kissinger, as ...
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Why are people in China offended by a visit of Pelosi to Taiwan?

Nancy Pelosi recently visited Taiwan, and some people in China are offended about it. WHat is the reason? I know that China claims that Taiwan belongs to them, but I claim Spain belongs to me and I am ...
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Did China make pledges to former Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte that could be described as a "trap"? If so, which were most attractive to him?

In a May 11, 2022 tweet, (self-described "public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser") Richard Javad Heydarian1,2 first asserts that China took the previous Philippine ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

I was reading a New York Times article today and was struck by a particular passage. Here is a quote: Then, as Ms. Pelosi’s plane was touching down in Taiwan late Tuesday night, some social media ...
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Has any current western politician expressed concerns about a possible alliance between China and Russia?

At the moment we are witnessing a new conflict between Russia and the West which some people could compare and call a new Cold War. At the same time, the relations between China and the West are also ...
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How close is China's army allowed to be around Taiwan in order to avoid/trigger Taiwanese army's firing?

It is reported that China will hold live ammunition military drills around Taiwan as Pelosi visits. If you look at these red blocks representing China's ammunition military drills regions, it seems ...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the present China and the present Ukraine political situations?

The American Congress’ Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has today (2/8/22) landed in Taiwan, against China’s wishes. China is therefore about to start “live fire” military ...
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What is the role of Taiwanese semiconductor industry in Chinese and American policy regarding Taiwan?

Taiwanese semiconductor industry (especially TSMC) is extremly important and valuable on the global scale. Given this: Is it a major reason for Chinese interest in Taiwan? Considering possible ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

In 1979, the United States made a commitment in the China-U.S. Joint Communiqué -- "The United States of America recognizes the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal ...
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Are there other countries that embed politics in every subject like China? [closed]

I learned a very interesting phrase in China: 课程思政(Ideological and Political Theories teaching in All Courses, starting from 2014, an idea of Shanghai municipal government) where every knowledge point ...
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Why was American government's response so soft towards the Chinese government's very aggressive messages about Pelosi's Taiwan visit? [closed]

Recently the U.S. announced that Pelosi would be visiting Taiwan. The Chinese government threatened that if that happened, they would respond militarily. Xi even told Biden the following words: "...
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Has China shown any inclination towards a unified Korea?

If North Korea fell to South Korea, and China could get the US out of the peninsula, China would exchange an erratic belligerent poor state for a stable affluent trading partner on its border at the ...
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What is the result of the US China trade war from 2018?

Trump started a trade war with China in 2018 by imposing tariffs on a broad range of Chinese imports. If we calculate the economic win/loss for reach side, which country lost/benefited more as of 2022:...
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