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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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More nuanced measures of Internet utilization in a place [closed]

I have seen amount of Internet coverage used as an indicator of development of a place but I feel that is somewhat one dimensional. For example, I feel that the places which have gained internet ...
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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 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 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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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 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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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

note: for background see Which "critical technologies" does Russia dependent upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?" The Brookings ...
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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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Did Taiwan support "Hong Kongers" trying to resettle as its president said?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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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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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 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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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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Can a country in a, nominal or actual, civil war and unable to control its territorial waters be considered independent or sovereign? e.g. Taiwan [closed]

In every historical case I know about since the establishment of the UN, when warships freely sail within the territorial waters of any country without prior approval, the receiving country had ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does China gain by being allied to/friendly with North Korea?

China is North Korea's largest trade partner as well as their main contributor to foreign aid, it is clear that they are allied to/friendly with North Korea What does China have to gain by being ...
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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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Why are the United States government as well as many others supporting Taiwanese sovereignty despite its own anti secession laws?

The People's Republic of China, according to many reports, is considering invading Taiwan. There is a law on the books that says if Taiwan does not bend diplomatically they will try to make it part of ...
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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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Has China's deposit insurance been used to pay claims since adoption (seemingly in 2015)?

I've read this CNN article on protests against Chinese banks "freezing" their customers' deposits for months (and watched the video inside too), but there's no mention of any deposit ...
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What is China's objective in militarizing the South China Sea?

I was reading a presentation from Capt James Fanell (retired director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet) on China's Navy: He made this statement which caught my ...
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What is the rationale of Lithuania allowing a diplomatic mission under the name of Taiwan, thus deteriorating the diplomatic relation with China?

This article provides some insight into the recent diplomatic tensions between Lithuania and China: Taiwan announced the new mission last month, saying it would be called the Taiwanese Representative ...
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Would Canada seizing Russian assets set a dangerous legal precedent for rich Chinese investors?

https://www.eurointegration.com.ua/eng/news/2022/07/4/7142525/ Canada was the first Western country to legislate the possibility of seizing sanctioned Russian assets for Ukraine's reconstruction. ...
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What is the equivalent of the "President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition" in other G20 countries such as China?

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) is a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background ...
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Does the fact that China owns nuclear weapon improve the status of Chinese expat? [closed]

According to Chinese government propaganda, it is because of the development and deployment of nuclear weapons that the status of Chinese ex-pats is no longer discriminated against by anyone else. Are ...
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Does China interfere with commercial shipping passing through the Taiwan Straits?

I have read that China considers the Taiwan Straits to be its "sovereign territory" which differs from international law that defines bodies of waters 12 miles or more offshore as international waters ...
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What advantages would the United States get from seizing China's Central Bank assets?

https://podcasts.apple.com/th/podcast/eu-anger-at-beijing-boils-over-ukraine-serbia-and/id1478397490?i=1000557594497 What advantages would the United States get from seizing China's Central Bank ...
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Why is Taiwan adverse to the idea of using gun ownership as a deterrent to Chinese invasion? [closed]

Taiwan has been scared of a possible Chinese invasion for around 70 years now and the likelihood of this happening only increases every year due to growing Chinese influence. However unlike ...
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How do "neo-realists" support their view that the US can simultaneously exit NATO and convince the EU to cut their economic ties with China?

"Neo-realists" (like John Mearsheimer) argue that the US should simultaneously exit NATO (because the US should focus on the Chinese threat in Asia) and convince the EU to cut all economic ...
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Which EU countries trade more with China than with the US?

News last year was that China overtook the US as the EU's largest trading partner. (Apparently that only included good and not services though.) Although COVID-related disruptions probably skewed ...
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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?

So, back in the 80s, the Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, negotiated the "one country, two systems" agreement with the PRC regarding the return on Hong Kong to Chinese rule, as the treaty ...
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Why is the Chinese Model of debt financed economic aid more attractive to Africa than West's structural re-adjustment programs?

I know the IMF imposed harsh austerity to ensure repayment and forced these countries to open up their markets to western countries. But isn't China doing the exact same thing? They are also very ...
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What are Taiwanese required to do and sign to travel to China? Can active, reserve or retired military do so?

The extent of my knowledge is that when Taiwanese individuals would like to travel to China for business and/or pleasure they can not use the same passport they use for travel elsewhere. Instead they ...
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What are the possible benefits of the Chinese government continuing to pursue a zero covid policy?

China seems to had done really well during the pandemic and has had far lower deaths than Europe and United states. However as countries around the world vaccinate their population and learn to live ...
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Can the difference in development between India and China be explained on one of them (China) embracing free markets before the other?

They both have similar levels of population although one is projected to rival the USA for superpower status while the other still has huge rates of poverty. Authoritarian countries seem to have ...
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What is China's plan for COVID now that their vaccination program is close to completion?

According to the Bloomberg dashboard, China has now fully vaccinated 75% of their population: I'm assuming they're eventually aiming for ~95% coverage given that they've already approved the vaccine ...
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Does China have a separation of power between legislative and executive branch? What is the equivalent of a Minister in China?

Note: Please don't devote a good percentage of your answer on criticizing China and its way of governance. Try to be explanatory and not judgemental. So far, I have only able to grasp that China is ...
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Why does Australia not tolerate China building a base in Solomon Islands if they think Russia should tolerate NATO expansion in Ukraine?

Australia apparently thinks Russia should tolerate NATO expansion in Ukraine, since they've 1) condemned the invasion and 2) imposed sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. On the other hand, ...

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