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Is it possible for Xi Jinping to order a second Great Wall under the circumstances as in the 7th Century BC? [closed]

Is it possible for Xi Jinping to order a second Great Wall under the circumstances as in the 7th Century BC? If yes: Could there by any obstacles during the process of building? How would China's ...
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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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Does the US government have any plan to punish Equifax for failure to stop Chinese breach?

I read about how Equifax was hacked by Chinese hackers and stole the data of over 146 million Americans, a hack that was partially only possible because Equifax made simple security mistakes like ...
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Does Iran have any trade deals with China and if it does, can they protect Iran's economy from economic sanctions?

I read about how Iran has been looking to China for trade in response to sanctions from the United States and the West and how Iran already trades with China using oil. However, what I want to know is ...
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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 China have no diplomatic relations with the Holy See?

Originally, I thought it made perfect sense for China to have no diplomatic relations with a small Catholic nation like the Holy See. However, I looked at a map that showed me that many countries with ...
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Consequence of COVID-19 constituting a Public Health Emergency of International Concern?

Update: COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Deaths by Country and Territory Related links: COVID-19 wikiquote Why is COVID-19 prioritized over other ...
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How anticipated was visit of President of the Czech Senate in Taiwan?

Recently passed away president of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera was supposed to go to Taiwan this year to an official visit. According to the Czech media (for example, XXXI edition ...
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Are there past examples of China commiting to and then managing to boost its imports by dozens of billions of dollars?

In the recently announced US-China [mini]deal China has pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and strengthen intellectual property rules. I'm curious how realistic is the first ...
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Why do so many pirated software apps and unlicensed copies of things come from China and the surrounding area?

I know this is a broad question but is there a reason there is so much copying of intellectual property in China and surrounding countries? It seems there's a stronger culture of copyright and patent ...
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Why was Thatcher apparently unwilling to use Britain's nuclear deterrent in negotiations with China over Hong Kong's future?

Apparently during the negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the British were hamstrung because they were in a much-weaker position militarily, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ...
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Why did the UK handover the entirety of Hong Kong in '97?

The leased portion of Hong Kong due to be returned to China in 1997 was the "New Territories" section shown in this Wikipedia map: The other regions (Kowloon and Hong Kong Island), as I understand it,...
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Why does China have so few nuclear weapons?

From the wikipedia page about the number of nuclear weapons we see that China only has 250 nukes, which puts it in the same league as France or the UK, and way under the 1000+ actives held by Russia ...
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At what point is emitting economic sanctions against a country an act of war?

At what point is emitting economic sanctions against a country an act of war? People mention that the U.S. blockading Japan during WW2 was an act of war, but if the U.S. and Western nations stopped ...
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Why did Wang 'William' Liqiang identify himself?

Wang 'William' Liqiang claims to be a Chinese spy who's defecting to Australia. In the world of spies, double agents, and triple agents, where intelligence agents go to great lengths to conceal what ...
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Can the US Senate's Hong Kong bill be treated as foreign interference?

Recently, the US Senate passed a bill about the situation in Hong Kong. Some core points from the bill: impose sanctions on Chinese officials review the special autonomous status it grants Hong ...
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How wealthy are China's Central Committee members?

I was pondering the question about wealth and voting rights and started thinking about China's Central Committee. While it's not a really good fit for that question, does anyone have numbers on the ...
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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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What gives presidents (President Trump) the right to negotiate bilateral trade agreements?

I know that there is some legislation that President Trump has cited allows him to raise tariffs, as well as "fast track" that applies to multilateral trade agreements, but what allows him to exercise ...
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Why does Mainland China and Taiwan require Visas for each other's citizens?

Wouldn't that imply they recognize each other as different states? That is, if China considers Taiwan part of its territory, the Taiwanese are necessarily Chinese too. And equally the other way round. ...
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Why is the lease of Tulagi Island to a Chinese company concerns the US?

Excerpts from an article in New York Times: Beijing’s ambitions in the South Pacific have economic, political and military ramifications. The region is rich in natural resources, and China’s ...
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If Taiwan declares independence, would that mean they are relinquishing their claim over mainland China?

Preface Ever since the communist revolution in China, Taiwan aka the Republic Of China (ROC) has maintained that they are the rightful government of mainland China. The People's Republic of China (...
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Did Trump make any concessions in his 'Phase 1' trade deal with China today?

From what I've read, the US agreed to not proceed with a round of tariff increases on Chinese imports, and in exchange China agreed to buy several tens of billions of dollars more in agricultural ...
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Why would the Chinese government want to forcibly harvest organs? [closed]

There are reports about China conducting forced organ harvesting. I'm not sure why the Chinese government would need to do this. If it was about money, I'd assume they'd have to sell the organs on a ...
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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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How is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia?

A pretty good question on econ.SE has highlighted the close relationship between the Australian and Chinese economies. So, I wonder, how is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia, at a political ...
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Does China have the power to stop fentanyl from being shipped to the U.S.? [closed]

In a recent interview with CNBC, Senator Rob Portman claimed that China could stop all the fentanyl from being shipped to the U.S.? But is it true that China holds such power? I have done some ...
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Why would China restrict the imports of plastics for recycling?

In the past couple of years, China has triggered a crisis in recycling programs worldwide by changing their import laws: Historically, the U.S. has shipped about half of its scrap plastic 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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US trade war with China: what is in total with trade balance for today? [closed]

Trade war between US and China lasts nearly since Trump's election. One of claimed goals was to shorten US trade deficite. There is a hoard of different news and bright claims about trade war, but ...
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Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights?

Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights? https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/30639/dpz6.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y It proposes R4I ...
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Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable?

Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable? Many Chinese loans have higher extended interest rates and short maturities, with heavy collateral ...
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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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Can Twitter actions be treated as a political censorship? [closed]

As I heard some time ago, Twitter blocked about 200k accounts of HongKong protests unsupporters (source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-twitter/twitter-facebook-accuse-china-of-...
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To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts?

To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts? Some people have suggested that the chief executive of Hong Kong needs to be approved by China and thus it has some ...
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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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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence?

Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence? I am wondering if there was some kind of legal agreement when Hong Kong was ceded to China by Britain that guaranteed that Hong ...
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Is there any ground for the concerns of Hong Kong protesters?

It is surprising how things have escalated over a few days. I learned that the reason for the protests was that some people had concerns about the central government tightening the grip on Hong Kong ...
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Do Hong Kong protesters want to cancel the extradition law or have they proposed any modifications?

Do the Hong Kong protesters have asked for a modification to the proposed extradition law? Do they have any proposals for which circumstances might still justify extradition to China? What are they ...
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How likely is a reform on the status of 'developing' country pushed by the Trump adminstration only affect China?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/trump-targets-china-in-call-for-wto-to-reform-developing-country-status-idUSKCN1UL2G6 The Trump administration is trying to weaken China using any ...
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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 ...
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Are most people who commit financial fraud extradited, or people don't bother and just tend to fine the companies?

This is an excerpt of an article written by Jeffrey Sachs. Ms. Meng is charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Yet, consider her arrest in the context of the large number of companies, U....
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Forced harvesting of organs in China [closed]

Is the Chinese government under any obligation to stop the forced harvesting of organs on prisoners that they started?
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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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Why is China trying to develop Africa?

Kishore Mahbubani, a scholar on government policy, claimed (YouTube link) that China is trying to develop Africa more than any other country. What benefits would China gain by developing Africa ...
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India and China's trade future with Iran

Please give specific answers rather than trivial ones. As Donald Trump has warned to impose sanctions on all countries trading petroleum resources with Iran, what is the present trade scenario of ...
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If China is forcing U.S. firms to hand over technology, why hasn't the U.S. taken China to the WTO and filed a complaint?

The U.S. keeps saying that China is forcing its companies to hand over technology, but then if it's the case as they say, then why didn't the U.S. take China to the WTO in order to complain about it? ...
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Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative when other European countries were initially against it?

Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) when other European countries were initially against it? Was there an official reason given by the Italian government? What does Italy ...
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Do any NATO members control rare resources that could be blocked in response to China blocking rare earth materials shipments to the US?

Let's say China decides to go ahead and block shipments of rare earth materials to Western countries. Is there a way for NATO members to retaliate and block crucial shipments to China?

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