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Questions tagged [china]

Questions related to the government or politics of the People's Republic of China (PRC)

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Might two countries coordinate balanced tariffs?

If a country wanted to reduce taxes (say for some income bracket) but wanted to keep a balanced budget, would targeted tariffs not be a good way to do this? Would tariffs on goods that everyone (rich ...
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Why was Google grilled by congress for prototyping a censored search engine?

Sudar Pichai was summoned and grilled by Congress regarding numerous topics: among them was the Dragonfly censored search engine for China. What exactly is the problem with Google creating a state ...
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Legal rationale for detention of Meng Wanzhou by the United States [duplicate]

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese multinational Huawei and daughter of its founder was detained on Dec 1, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, at a request of the United States. How do the United Stated justify ...
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Is China a “developing country” according to WTO, UN, IMF, etc?

In a recent phone call between Wall St. Journal reporter Bob Davis and President Trump, the president expressed his objection to the WTO's categorization of China as a "developing country". In UN ...
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English version of mindmap on Xi Jinping Thought

According to an article in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, China's People’s Daily published a quite complicated mindmap to summarize and explain Xi Jinping's Thought. What are the key points of ...
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Where does China buy its hi-tech weapons from other than Russia?

If US sanction on Russia kicks in, where can China look for buying its hi-tech weapons? Does China have any source other than Russia to buy its weapons from? . P.S. By hi-tech weapons, I meant ...
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Did any Muslim majority countries express an official position about the treatment of Muslims in China?

Members of the Arab League are well known for their boycott of Israel over their treatment of the Palestinians. They likewise frequently issue official statements whenever Muslims are mistreated in ...
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Why was the arrangement made for Hong Kong to have 50 years of autonomy?

Hong Kong is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy" for 50 years which will end in 2047. Why was this agreement made and what was the thought process behind it? In my view it's a ticking time bomb ...
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Chinese government internet censorship - statistics on evasion?

This may belong better somewhere else but I see this as relevant. China extensively censors what its internet users can see. However, users can circumvent this by using a VPN. Are there any ...
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Why did the U.K. give Hong Kong Island and Kowloon back to China?

I was recently surprised to learn that the U.K. owned in perpetuity Hong Kong Island (Treaty of Nanking in 1842) and Kowloon (Convention of Peking in 1860). I say surprised because I did not know ...
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Is Belt and Road Initiative cost-effective?

Does the geopolitical advantage of China's Belt and Road Initiative outweigh the financial costs of the loans? Would the loan be better spent internally or kept unused?
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Is the U.S. (really) Vying for Dominance in Pakistan?

Take a look at this: Why China and the U.S. Are Vying for Dominance in Pakistan Also, from 3:32 of the video: ... one way it (the USA) could do this is to influence IMF to place terms on the bail ...
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Why did Russia and China never show any serious intention to ease up US sanctions on Iran?

For instance, Russia and China could ramp up trades, sell airliners/railway-locomotives, invest in Iran's energy/rail/infrastructure sector, and so on when there were no visible competitor from the ...
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Did China engage in spy swaps?

The Soviet union and then Russia regularly engaged in spy swaps with the West (even if a recent trend seems to be to "get them good" even after the swap, at least on select occasions.) But ...
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What did the Republican leadership do (or call for) after the OPM breach?

The 2015 OPM data breach was a case of substantial theft of goverment records (according to Wikipedia): The final estimate of the number of stolen records is approximately 21.5 million. This ...
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Did Obama make any statements on the OPM breach?

From Wikipedia's page on Office of Personnel Management data breach : In June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it had been the target of a data breach ...
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Why does PRC devalue its currency on purpose, but Turkey is worried about the devaluation of its currency?

PRC regularly devalues its currency to promote export. On the other hand, Turkey is worried about the plummet of its currency. Why two outcomes in the same type of case?
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Why is the USA uneasy with China but not India?

US sets up security assistance fund to counter China US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Saturday announced the intent to provide nearly $300 million of security assistance for nations in ...
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What were Trump's specific accusations justifying imposing tariffs against China?

President Trump repeatedly talked about China's unfair trade practices. What were those? Do other countries like China install unfair trade guidelines? Or, is China being targeted "unfairly"?
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How do Chinese set up restaurants in UK? [closed]

So, I know Hong Kong used to be British but recently apparently there has been quite a lot of immigration to the UK from mainland China. A lot of Chinese restaurants you go to are run by people with ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese foreign minister speak English?

It seems very strange that a foreign minister to an English-speaking country cannot speak English — when his only (?) job is to interact with and understand foreigners. Why doesn't the Chinese ...
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Why US wants India and other countries to stop oil imports from Iran?

Why does US wants other countries to stop oil imports or else face sanctions? As per news, "Without question, they should be reduced. That's what we've been telling them in our bilateral ...
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What laws and regulations were violated by John Oliver's critique of Chinese President Xi Jinping?

The Associated Press reports that John Oliver hosted a segment on his show Last Week Tonight in which he criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping. In particular, he said that he looked like Winnie the ...
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Is there any incentive for China to sign a bilateral protection pact with Pakistan?

China lends unequivocal support for safeguarding Pakistan’s national independence. Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China would continue to support Pakistan in safeguarding ...
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What is the fundamental difference between post WW2 German and post Cold War Chinese model of industrialization?

What is the fundamental difference between post-WW2 German and post Cold War Chinese model of rapid industrialization? Is there any similarity?
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Conferences about political meritocracy?

In his book, The China Model, Daniel Bell refers to conferences about political meritocracy: In a (selfish?) effort to help further my own thinking, I coorganized two conferences with leading ...
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Why is China investing in Pakistan, considering the security considerations and corruption?

See this video from 4:53 featuring an analyst from IRIS named Olivier Guillard. Can anyone explain the logic thrown by this analyst? Anchor: How did this idea come about for Pakistan and China to ...
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Why Are Some American Leaders Changing Tune On China?

Clinton is the latest former or current political leader to do so. Christopher Wray said about the same as Clinton and US generals have also cautioned about China. Has something changed politically ...
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What is the benefit for China if it allows foreigners to fully own car companies?

According to Al Jazeera: Xi Jinping said, four years from now, restrictions that have been preventing US car manufactuters from fully owning local companies will come to an end. I am wondering ...
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What are the reasons behind China lifting foreign ownership limits on automakers?

It is reported: China announced a timeline for lifting ownership limits on foreign automakers Tuesday, meeting a longtime demand of the United States and other countries seeking better access ...
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Is Russia Devaluing Their Currency?

Today Trump said: Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable! Is there any evidence that Russia is devaluing their currency?...
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What enabled the Chinese Provence of Shenzhen to grow to 12 million over 30-40 years

The Chinese province of Shenzhen has grown from around 10000 people to being a city of over 12,000,000 between 1980 and 2017 What made this happen, what government policies and investment created ...
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Have the Chinese Been Behind Any Terrorist Attack in the United States?

Chinese leaders encourage using "terrorism" against the US, as one tool of containing the US: In “Unrestricted Warfare,” Qiao and Wang promoted the use of terrorism, cyberattacks, legal warfare (...
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Special autonomous Regions

Hong Kong and Macau are Special Autonomous Regions of China and are economically prosperous. Has the economy of mainland China benefited from these SARs? If a country like India give similar autonomy ...
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Why has India lost its influence on Maldives?

Looks like there has been a chaos going on in India-Maldives relations: Maldives is returning a helicopter gifted by India. Maldives Declines India's Offer to Participate in Defence Expo Maldives, ...
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In China, can competent government officials get rich legitimately?

Under free market capitalism, people can get immensely rich legitimately. Start-up founders can create businesses and make tons of money. Good leaders can be CEOs and make a lot of money. In China, ...
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What did Kim Jong-un travel to Beijing for?

Many news outlets are claiming that Kim Jong-un traveled to Beijing today: CNN: 'Strong possibility' North Korea's Kim Jong Un made surprise Beijing visit Beijing (CNN) North Korea's leader Kim ...
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Does China diplomatically isolate and militarily threaten Taiwan?

An email newsletter from Eurasia Group contains the following paragraph, and I’ve bolded the statement relevant to the question: In recent months, the temperature has risen as the US broadens its ...
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Why is the restriction on the freedom of voters in the U.S. to choose the same President more than twice considered “democratic”? [duplicate]

From the reporting in the mainstream Western media, one might get the impression that the recent change to the Chinese constitution that allows one person to be chosen as the President of China more ...
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What will happen if China stops loaning money to the U.S.?

US's external debt to china is a staggering 1.1 trillion US dollars and according to many economists, it's highly unlikely that U.S. will be able to pay back the entire external debt to China in the ...
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Why is “president for life” in China such a big deal?

"Great Leap Backward" was the title announcing the term limit removal in China. This BBC article tells us more about this: The constitution has been altered to allow Xi Jinping to remain as ...
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Why China didn't annex Sikkim to incorporate it as a Chinese state?

It seems really odd that China annexed Tibet but left Sikkim. Sikkim is present on the Chinese borders and was an independent nation until 1975 when it joined India as one of its states. What might ...
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How large would be the impact of economic sanctions made by China and India on other nations?

Economic sanctions are primarily made to stop a certain nation's economic activity in face of an adverse action caused by a nation. And nations primarily using this process are western nations with ...
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Corruption, efficiency and economic success of the Chinese government

Chinese Government is accused of massive corruption, some critics say that the censorship does not allow the revelation of corruption in China. How did the Communist Party of China from 1976 onwards ...
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What recourse does China have for responding to US tariffs?

Trump recently enacted tariffs of up to 50% on washing machines and parts, and 30% on solar panels which, while applied globally, are seen as being aimed and South Korea and China respectively. These ...
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Would a Social Credit System like the one contemplated in China be Constitutional In The U.S

China is contemplating the creation of a Social Credit System in which privileges and penalties less significant than incarceration or a fine would flow from data compiled about a person in a manner ...
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Which human rights are officially supported and recognized by the Chinese Communist Party?

The Chinese government has always been extremely skeptical of the Western definition of human rights. For example, they refuse to implement a democracy, reject the freedom of speech and assembly, ...
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Why has China signed US$250 bn deals with the USA?

Some days ago, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said : "The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China’s challenges to the rules-based order and ...
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Why does China accuse India of occupying Arunachal?

China won the 1962 war decisively. Why did they release all the occupied land (i.e. Arunachal) in favor of India? If they released the land, why do they still accuse India of occupying Arunachal (...
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Is China really Communist?

Having read Karl Marx, and seeing the 10 tenets of Communism, I find it hard to consider China as a Communist country. Just trying to stick to the 10 tenets. Abolition of private property, ...