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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, ...
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Is the Chinese system becoming more Fascist than Capitalist?

PREFACE Over the past 30 years, the economic transformation of China has greatly improved the lives of the Chinese people. However, under the reign of Xi Jinping, China has begun to assert its power ...
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Why don't Western countries penalize Chinese companies in the same way that China restricts Western companies working on its territory?

Some examples: China bans foreign entities from owning land, currency restrictions make it hard for companies to move funds abroad, Chinese companies are known for violating patents, and finally the ...
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Is Chinese Communism with market economy based on any Marxist theory?

Does any Marxist theory allow market economy the way the Chinese have it? Did any Marxist author write anything on this happening in a socialist state? Can a plan economy transform after a while, ...
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Why do some countries recognise Taiwan as the sole legitimate government of China?

There are some countries that recognise Taiwan (Republic of China) as the sole legitimate government of China instead of the People's Republic of China. Recently, just a few days ago, São Tomé and ...
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How much do the Italian and Chinese COVID-19 lock-down measures resemble each other?

I have the impression that Italy has adopted some if not all the "Chinese playbook" on COVID-19, including a large scale lock-down. That may well be justified given that the number of new cases ...
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Why is Taiwan strategically important to United States (besides being dominant in the semiconductor manufacturing)?

Based on Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. will help Taiwan defend itself. One important reason that Taiwan is strategically important to United States is that it has a very strong semiconductor industry. ...
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Could China's actions in Xinjiang be classified as genocide?

According to some articles, China is carrying out genocide against the Uyghur people. Others claim it is cultural genocide as its the Uyghur culture that is being eliminated, rather than Uyghurs as a ...
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Is China considered to be democratic [closed]

Does China's government consider itself to be democratic? Does the United States of America have an official stance on whether China is democratic or not? If so, what is it? Does the UN have an ...
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Is it possible for a country to ask China for compensation over damage done by SARS-CoV-2 epidemic that most likely started in China?

A part of this answer got me wondering if another state can request compensations over the huge economical cost of SARS-CoV-2 epidemics: (..) the region (HK, Singapore, SK?, China) was hit much ...
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How close is China to completing the "cultural genocide" of Tibet, as alleged by Dalai Lama and human rights groups?

It is claimed by the Dalai Lama and several human rights organizations that China is committing "cultural genocide" in Tibet. But how close they are to this goal? Did the Tibetan people really change ...
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What does "rules-based order" mean?

Rex Tillerson said several days ago, The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order and where China subverts the ...
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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 is the lab leak theory such a big deal?

I don't really understand what is the point fighting over about the lab leak theory. Certainly other virology labs should care, they want to be sure they don't make the same mistake. And certainly ...
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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?

The actions taken by these governments seem to be more fascist than communist. The term communism is used to describe so many contradicting policies and it is very confusing.
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Why does Russia always put importance on world dominance rather than economic development?

For instance, China has also put importance on military muscle, but not with the price of the economy. The following graph shows that Russia's GDP is falling and China's GDP has rocketed. The ...
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In what ground are Indian troops in Doklam against China right now?

Refer to this, and this report. This is a territorial dispute between Bhutan and China. According to the map, Doklam is not near the Indian border. There is no hard evidence that, Bhutan requested ...
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What can the U.S. do politically if China decided to stop exporting rare earth metals to the U.S.?

China has recently threatened to ban export of rare earth metal to the US. What can the US do to retaliate against such a move politically? Is there anything the U.S. can do that could hurt China as ...
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Which redesigned policies have enabled China to survive the 1989-91 global communist crisis and prosper even while remaining a 'Communist State'?

According to Wikipedia there are only 5 Communist States at present: China, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. In the past there have been a large number of Communist States existing at the same ...
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Is there any way for somebody to privately own land in China?

I was reading about land ownership in China and found an article that described how land ownership works in China. Apparently, land is owned by the Chinese Communist Party, but leases are given to ...
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Why does the US care so much about China's hypersonic weapons?

Example: Gen. Mark Milley calls China's hypersonic weapon test 'very concerning' If we currently have mutually assured destruction (MAD) where nobody can fire nuclear weapons because the other side ...
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Is the practice of giving market access for technology transfer illegal under the WTO?

I was watching a documentary on the trade war and in the documentary a claim is made about the practice of giving market access for technology transfer. They say it was illegal under the WTO, but I ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? [closed]

Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? What are the standards in terms of pandemic reporting and did the Chinese Communist Party meet those standards? What ...
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Why is China interested in supporting the Taliban?

In this news article, it is said that China is willing to develop positive relations with the Taliban. "China respects the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny ...
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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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What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

CNN's China claims its authoritarian one-party system is a democracy -- and one that works better than the US says: In his keynote speech, Huang Kunming, the ruling Communist Party's propaganda tsar, ...
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Can I (a random person in the world) be prosecuted under the new Hong Kong security law?

According to Amnesty International, the new Hong Kong security law "applies to everyone on the planet". I quote: The wording of the Hong Kong national security law asserts jurisdiction over ...
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What is the significance of Sec. Pompeo's labeling of China's treatment of the Uighurs as "genocide"?

A couple of recent headlines: Pompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' - The Hill US accuses China of 'genocide' of Uyghurs in Xinjiang - CNN It seems reasonable to expect that this ...
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Does the Republic of China (Taiwan) have any chance at regaining control of mainland China?

People's Republic of China (Communist China) is technically a Marxist-inspired revolutionary state that imposed their single party dictatorship in China. The old government is in exile in Taiwan, and ...
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Have the US or Chinese governments indicated a point at which they would invade North Korea?

Every time North Korea tests a rocket or gets closer to building a nuclear bomb, both China and the Western governments release a series of statements about how they're deeply concerned and ...
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Why doesn't PRC help install a new leadership or stage a coup to preserve DPRK -- or even take it over altogether before the US does?

I realize the title of this question is a bit odd and apparently counter-intuitive, and might give someone a good chuckle, but bear with me for a second. The People's Republic of China and the ...
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Why hasn’t Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)?

Ukraine was part of the USSR and made themselves independent. Vladimir Putin called the separation of the USSR a "major geopolitical disaster of the century". I am aware of the Russian ...
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Why is China interested in Socotra Rock?

I have read about how China is trying to claim Socotra Rock (a submerged rock 4.6 meters below sea level). However, this is not recognized by international law since the rock is 12 nautical miles from ...
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Why does China appear to be so interested in ruling over Tibet?

Reports in the media (that I consume) appear to show China's continuing actions to exert control over Tibet. What does China have to gain by controlling a population that it appears will have little ...
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Why does China maintain the One Country, Two Systems principle?

A brief explanation from Wiki: "One country, two systems" is a constitutional principle formulated by Deng Xiaoping, the Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC), for the ...
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Why would California sign an agreement with China?

Written in US state of California signs accord with China for green technology development: The agreement comes less than one week after US President Donald Trump said the US was leaving the ...
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Why do China and Pakistan have such a strong bond?

China has often come to the aid of Pakistan when it requires any diplomatic support in the world arena. Why do China and Pakistan share a strong relationship?
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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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Would Taiwan and China's dispute be solved if Taiwan gave up being the Republic of China?

A recent ABC article quotes National Taiwan University political scientist Shimin Chen as saying "If Taiwan's diplomatic relations reach single digits or even zero, it represents that the ...
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Do feminists oppose sex-selective abortion?

It is well known that the human sex ratio (men/women) is high in India and China due to gender-based abortion and infanticide (e.g. India and China). Under certain interpretations of the word, this ...
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Who are China's allies?

The US has NATO/EU and other South/East/South-East Asian countries as its direct allies either by ideology or by pacts. Also, most US allies are either high-income countries or technologically/...
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Why would a grant of British citizenship to Hong Kongers be a treaty violation?

Given the recent political situation, there has been renewed interest in opening a path to citizenship for British Nationals (Overseas). The BN(O) status was conferred on some former BDTCs (...
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Did China ever try to change regimes in any country? [closed]

From Wikipedia - Regime change is the forcible or coerced replacement of one government regime with another. Regime change may replace all or part of the state's most critical leadership system, ...
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Why is China annoyed at the installation of THAAD in South Korea?

China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang stated on April 25th 2017: "China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to stop actions that worsen regional tensions and harm China's ...
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What is preventing China from destroying Hong Kong pro-democracy movement?

Until a few days ago, the peaceful turned occasionally violent pro-democracy movement by Hong Kong's inhabitants was about securing universal adult suffrage (UAS), official withdrawal of the ...
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Which "critical technologies" does Russia dependent upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?"

In the recent NBC's Face The Nation interview Top Treasury official says U.S. sanctions would target Putin, Russian economy after the 2 minute mark US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo ...
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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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What are the main differences between the China and India? [closed]

In recent years, China and India have similarities in that they both have huge populations and have experienced extraordinary economic growth over the past decades. However, In many ways, China is ...
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