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

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Why must Chinese maps be obfuscated?

According to this answer on Travel.SE, the Chinese National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping requires that published maps of China must include a certain deviation between the map and the real world. ...
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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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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 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 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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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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What were Trump's specific accusations justifying imposing tariffs against China? [closed]

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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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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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 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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How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong?

How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong? According to a news outlet, the extradition law had the following clause: Once ...
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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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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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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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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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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 didn't the USA take measures to stop China from becoming the new superpower whilst it could? [closed]

Today China is projecting itself as the new superpower, many factor seem to indicate that the pacific coexistence between superpowers USA-China is not possible: US networks hacked The Third Taiwan ...
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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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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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Why would China object to a US-friendly Korea on their border?

I typically hear two main justifications offered for China's support of North Korea: collapse of the DPRK would result in one or both of A refugee crisis as displaced North Koreans seek asylum in ...
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Is a war likely between the U.S. and China? [closed]

China's economy has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Most forecasters see a time in the near future where China is the world's largest economy and according to some measures China has a ...
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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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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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Is the California-China environmental agreement legal under the Logan Act?

Since the controversial withdraw from the Paris agreement, California has taken it upon themselves to sign an agreement with China to continue green technology development. The Logan Act of 1799 ...
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Why does China think that they shouldn't follow the western model of democracy?

Why does China think that they shouldn't follow the western model of democracy? What would be the problem if China creates an open and public framework to slowly migrate to democracy within, say, 25 ...
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What is the legal basis for the Trump administration's decision to impose and then remove tariffs?

I'm no expert on the applicable law regarding tariffs and international trade, but I do know that the most famous tariff policy in US history was the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, named after two members ...
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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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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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Why would the government care about sex-selective abortions?

It is often claimed that China and India have tens of millions of women "missing" because of sex selective abortions and that apparently this is a "very large issue". But why exactly would it be a big ...
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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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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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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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What is the historical basis for China's claim on the South China Sea?

Recently, there's been a lot of conflict and controversy concerning China's activities in the South China Sea. At the center of this conflict is China's belief that they have a historical claim to ...
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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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What's fundamentally considered “fair” or “healthy” when it comes to a trading relationship between two countries?

Looking for a simplified fundamental answer to educate myself, obviously this topic could be the subject of years of study but I'm hoping there's a simple explanation so I can understand the basics as ...
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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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Do China claim Russian region of Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky (Eastern-Manchuria)?

The question derived from Russia's recent action on Crimea. I wondered why didn't China support Crimean annexation. A local user mentioned the region Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky or Eastern-Manchuria, ...
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Taiwan and the United Nations

Do each of the permanent members of the UN Security Council have veto power over new membership applications? If so, Doesn't China's veto power mean that it would most certainly veto any membership ...
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Exactly what did China “renege on” in a trade deal?

Donald Trump said Beijing “broke the deal” by reneging on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations. Larry Kudlow said that China needs to agree to “very strong” enforcement provisions ...
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What is the reason why none of the criticisms of Israel vis-à-vis the West Bank apply to China and Tibet?

Leaving aside the obvious political truths (China is a major international power, a permanent member of UNSC with veto powers; and Israel has a broad array of countries and demographics who like to ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party induct everyone into the party?

As far as I'm aware Communism is supposed to be a "dictatorship of the proletariat" and something that is by and for the people. So why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party, and similar ruling parties ...
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Why do communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

Why do both communist people and communist states oppose religion so much, sometimes with violence and arson. There are many other secular non-communist states in the world that do not have such a ...
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What happens if the Sino-British Joint Declaration is violated?

Recently there've been mass protests in Hong Kong over a proposed bill that would allow extradition of fugitives from Hong Kong to China. The proposed bill is seen as a sign that the "One country, two ...
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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 mechanisms exist for Korean-Chinese to leave Korea and return to China?

Context In China urges citizens in N. Korea to return home: The Chinese Embassy in North Korea has advised Korean-Chinese residents to return home amid concern that the North's military ...
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Is the ruling Chinese party seen more favorably than it was 25 years ago?

The huge increase of security in China surrounding the aniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square seems to indicate great concern of the ruling party about possible political protests. Is the ...
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Has the Dalai Lama ever promoted violence against the Chinese?

I go to school with Chinese exchange students that became very defensive when the history teacher described the Dalai Lama as "peaceful". They said he is a separatist that promotes violence against ...
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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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Paektu / Changbai border dispute — why does the BBC shade a large area around the mountain?

In this BBC News article, an area around Paektu / Changbai is shaded in grey despite being clearly north of the DPRK/PRC-border. Although there is a border dispute around the mountain, that would ...
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Is the success of Chinese economic model in Africa a threat to Western interests?

Rwanda's economic development has been fantastic in the last couple of years allowing Rwanda to become a model of development success. Is this success a good thing considering that its model of ...