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What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese Government?

What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese government? If the question is too broad, then I am primarily wondering how does the current Chinese government view Confucianism? What ...
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Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies?

Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies? Beijing’s regulatory assault on China’s technology industry has lopped $87bn off the net worth of the sector’s wealthiest tycoons since the start ...
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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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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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What exactly is the nature of Michael Spavor's espionage charges?

Chinese court jails Canadian for 11 years on spying charges A court in China has found Canadian businessman Michael Spavor guilty of spying, sentencing him to 11 years in prison, in a decision likely ...
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Is Taliban a terrorist organization in China's and the US's eyes?

By some (unofficial) reports, President Biden decided to launch airstrikes against Taliban fighters. It shows that the US is not friendly to the Taliban. But Chinese leaders had met with a leader of ...
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Why is the selection process of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party held secret?

Selection of members is believed to be largely the result of high-level deliberations among incumbent members of the party's Politburo and PSC as well as retired PSC members. Prospective candidates ...
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How are the number of representatives for each of eight legally recognised minor political parties in the People's Republic of China determined?

How are the number of representatives for each of eight legally recognised minor political parties in the People's Republic of China determined? Surprisingly, there are eight legally recognised minor ...
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How does the State Council direct the policies of the People's Bank of China?

The People's Bank of China (PBC or PBOC; simplified Chinese: 中国人民银行; traditional Chinese: 中國人民銀行; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Yínháng) is the central bank of the People's Republic of China responsible for ...
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Why would China hold joint drills with Russia during Covid?

Russia to join military drill in China, 'displays mutual trust, eyes Central Asian security' Given that Russia is currently experiencing 20k+ Covid cases a day while China is getting ~100/day, why ...
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Does the Chinese government give special treatment to ethnic minorities when it comes to general promotion and promotion into the Central Committee?

The Central Committee is composed of 205 members and 171 alternate members, 39 of which are ethnic minorities. I was wondering if the Chinese Communist Party was "fully" meritocratic or ...
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Why is China regulating religion?

Article 36 of the Chinese constitution says that citizens “enjoy freedom of religious belief.” It bans discrimination based on religion and forbids state organs, public organizations, or individuals ...
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What role does China play in Afghanistan today?

Recently, the US army is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Some Western countries, such as the US, the UK and Germany, played an important role in Afghanistan for several decades. But China does not seem ...
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How do local party-government leaders get promoted in China?

How do local party-government leaders get promoted in China? I've heard that the system is merit-based and I've also heard the opposite and heard that it's extremely corrupt, so I would like to ...
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What are the responsibities of the party secretary in China?

In China, in every administration unit (province, county, village) or organization (company, school), there is a position called party secretary. For example, in every province, there is a province ...
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Does China intend to intervene in Afghan affairs after the US withdraws? [closed]

Recently, the US army is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Britain, the USSR and the US had all sent their army to Afghanistan before, but all failed. So, will China, a rising country that has great ...
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Two Germanys and two Koreas but only one China. Why wasn't a compromise to internationally recognise both Chinas reached?

During the Cold War several former united states ended divided in two opposing polities, each one claiming to be the legitimate government of the whole former state. Although in the beginning most ...
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Is there a deescalation protocol or procedure between the U.S. and China?

Is there a deescalation protocol or procedure between the U.S. and China? I am wondering if there's a protocol or procedure agreed upon by the U.S. and China for preventing an all-out war between the ...
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How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China?

How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China? China requires U.S. companies to go into a join venture with a Chinese company and thereby transfer some technologies with ...
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Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China?

Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China? I recently came across a video showing a mass execution in China. Most of the "criminals" seemed to be young ladies. ...
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Why does the EU require reciprocity to classify China as a safe country (for the purpose of Covid entry regulations)?

There is an EU travel ban in place for non-essential travel, except from EU/EEA/Schengen countries and certain safe countries. The list as of June 20, 2021 includes Based on the criteria and ...
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Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? [duplicate]

Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? General Motors sold more cars in China than in the United ...
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The US stance on HK protest and the Capitol insurrection [closed]

The US House has passed a resolution to formally condemn the Chinese government and the Hong Kong regional government for actions that "violate the rights and freedoms" of the region's ...
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Is it the Chinese government's responsibility to monitor and punish Chinese fishing ships illegally entering a country's EEZ to fish illegally?

Is it the Chinese government responsibility to monitor and punish Chinese fishing ships illegally entering a country EEZ to fish illegally? According to Business Insider: Since 2018, hundreds of ...
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What in "Fauci's emails" do Republicans consider to be damning?

Fauci emails A lot of right-wing people I know seem so vindicated in their conspiracy theories but never explicitly state which ones. I've read Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal? and I doubt ...
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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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Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands?

Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? I am asking this question, because Japan took it's ongoing dispute with South Korea over the Dokdo islands to ...
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According to international law, when is first-use nuclear strike justified?

According to international law, when is first-use nuclear strike justified? https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/24/china/us-china-taiwan-1958-nuclear-intl-hnk/index.html Hong Kong (CNN) — Military planners ...
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Is there an international norm which requires all countries to open their labs should a certain situation occur?

Is there an international norm which requires all countries to open their labs should a certain situation occur? The U.S. is asking China to open its labs, but the U.S. won't do so in return, but is ...
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What level of autonomy does the autonomous region of Xinjiang really have?

What level of autonomy does the autonomous region of Xinjiang really have? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_regions_of_China Autonomous regions, prefectures, counties, and banners are covered ...
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How does China defy GSP or quota system? [closed]

Preferential Tariff (Export) Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Some low to middle-income countries enjoy either GSP/GSP+ or quota system when they export their goods to the EU or North America. ...
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Rules based international order vs American hegemony [duplicate]

Note: This question is not about the definition of Rules-Based International Order. This question is about what Sec. Blinken said about RBIO. Secretary of State Antony Blinken: The 60 Minutes ...
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What benefits does the average citizen gain from the US being "number one?" [closed]

It's often said by politicians on the left and right that America needs to be on top of the world order, and that the rise of China is an existential threat to the American position atop the world ...
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Why does the US state interest clash with Russia's and China's but not with other big guns in its alliances?

I can only think of German interest colliding with the USA's in the form of Nordstream pipelines, and Turkish interest colliding with the USA's in the form of trying to liberate its foreign policy in ...
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Why don’t China and India open at least one border crossing?

China and India are well know for their border dispute but at the same time it appears that not all of their border is disputed: So why not open some road/rail crossings along the parts of the border ...
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How effective has the sanction on selling of arms to China been?

1989 Tiananmen Square protests In 1989, the USA and the EU put sanctions on the sale of arms to China because of the Chinese crackdown on the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. Has the sanction ...
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What is the role of the Kaladan project?

The Kaladan project it seems is the one of the wonders taking place. However I really do not understand what is the point connect Myanmar with India for a route that will connect the main Indian ...
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Why is the USA so much concerned about the human rights violations in Xinjiang, but less so about Kashmir?

Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Xinjiang is controlled by China (it might be worth noting that India also claims ownership, but has no power there). Kashmiris want ...
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Do foreign sanctions on US individuals compel US banks and businesses to cut ties with them or not doing business with them?

Can a foreign country's sanctions on US individuals compel the US banks or companies to cut ties or not do business with them (even on US soil)? For e.g. China, in January, sanctioned Mike Pompeo, ...
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Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? [closed]

Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-statement/u-s-13-countries-concerned-who-covid-19-origin-study-...
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Is South Korea a province of Korea?

I am aware of the debate between whether Taiwan is a province of China vs whether Taiwan and China are 2 separate countries. For that issue, China's official name is People's Republic of China and ...
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Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in the case of Russia? [closed]

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Iran Say, the aforementioned $400 billion deal between China and Iran goes through. Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in ...
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What is a "democratic dictatorship", and how is it not a a contradiction in terms?

I recently read that China's constitution refers to it as "a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.&...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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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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Why did the US recognize PRC when it was concerned about the spread of Communism?

Here is mentioned that: In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US ...
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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 doesn't China allow American social media companies to operate in China?

As far as I realize, being an authoritarian regime, China is continuously concerned with a possible uprising. So, they do not want to let the free flow of information and western thought process "...
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How are members of the Communist Party of China assessed for promotion?

How are party members promoted to a higher CCP appointment? Is there a system of periodic assessment by senior party officials?
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Relation between Chinese Communist Party and Civil Administration

What are the criteria for rising in the Chinese Communist Party? Specifically, can a bright junior in Civil Administration rise within the CCP along with thier position in administration without major ...
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