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If India imposes similar measures as the USA against China, what would be China's options? [closed]

India is a huge market for Chinese products. Recently, India imposed bans on 59 Chinese mobile apps. Even though Chinese investments are deeply entrenched in India, India is mulling on restricting the ...
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What is China's objection to Australia's planned offer to HK residents?

While I understand that the United Kingdom and China have a treaty with each other regarding the handover of Hong Kong (related question), as far as I'm aware, Australia was not a signatory to such a ...
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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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What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

CNBC's Taiwan’s Tsai pledges support for people of Hong Kong after China proposes national security law begins: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said late on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic ...
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Why has China suddenly decided to station troops in the disputed Ladakh / Aksai Chin region?

The northeastern part of India known as Ladakh in India and Aksai Chin in China is a disputed territory between India and China. There is no international border between India and China in that region,...
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the status of Taiwan and the Treaty of San Francisco

The Treaty of San Francisco did not mention upon what country the sovereignty of Taiwan would rest. Many people thus claim, as per international law, the legal status of Taiwan is undetermined. ...
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In 1997, what percentage of Hong Kong residents believed that China won't completely take over after the handover from the UK?

There's currently a lot of controversy in the media over China expanding their influence over Hong Kong: Long before the Umbrella Movement or last year's sustained political unrest, this reputation ...
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Is there no legal protection against racial discrimination in China?

An opinion piece in the Guardian plainly states that Although China has the lowest immigration in the world (migrants account for just 0.07% of the population), the authorities impose harsh “...
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How did the US "sabotage" the adoption of the latest World Health Assembly resolution regarding Covid-19?

The Intercept claims that: Last month, Australia led the way in calling for such an investigation, suggesting that it would raise the issue at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of ...
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What position has the Chinese government had on the origins of COVID-19?

What position, if any, does the Chinese government have on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do they acknowledge that the virus first infected humans as a result of it jumping from an animal to a ...
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Has any country's government concluded they need more decentralization to fight Covid-19 or future pandemics?

Somewhat predictably, China has blamed their initial problems in responding to Covid-19 to decentralization and poor decisions from regional authorities: The rare admission, from Director of China's ...
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Did US support help companies "leapfrog ahead" during Apollo and how does it compare to modern Chinese state involvement in tech development?

Politico's Britain undergoing ‘mindset change’ toward Beijing, says leading lawmaker says: The U.K. government is undergoing a "mindset change" with regard to Beijing "not least ...
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Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China?

Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China? I hear sensationalized news reports claim that China ...
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Why did it take so long for China to admit there was human-to-human transmission, are there political or legal reasons? [closed]

Why did it take so long for China to admit there was human-to-human transmission and are political or legal reasons the reason(s) why they took so long? I see a lot of sensational news claiming China ...
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IPR disputes between US/China

It had been stated that intellectual rights were compromised during manufacture of US originated products contracted to be made in China during globalization. Why are the allegations not taken as a ...
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Why did the Chinese government change their publicly-reported COVID-19 infection and death rates?

Until mid-April 2020, the Chinese government presented a certain set of figures regarding the infection and death rates from COVID-19 within China. Many people questioned those figures, but had no ...
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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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When Fauci called for China to shut down the "wet markets" (on Fox News) was he specific what he meant by that term?

A Politico article from Apr 3 says: A growing chorus of voices is urging China to shut down the country’s so-called wet markets, which have come under heightened scrutiny for their role as potent ...
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What other EU countries' population (besides Italy) see China and/or Russia as their best friend(s) and Germany as their worst enemy?

An Euractiv article, points to SWG a poll among Italians that finds China and Russia being considered friendly countries now in Italy while Germany and France are seen as enemies: (One can't help but ...
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What kind of project[s] did the US finance at the Wuhan BSL-4 lab?

The Daily Mail has their usual kind of unclear/clickbait article headlined "U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak scrutiny that was performing ...
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What expert advice was behind WHO’s endorsement of live animal markets in China? [closed]

According to Australia’s SBS news article Morrison chides WHO as wet markets reopen in China's coronavirus epicentre, the WHO has endorsed live animal markets re-opening in China. If the PM of ...
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What's the earliest date on public record when the WHO requested to visit Wuhan to investigate COVID-19?

In the context of Trump's administration decision to suspend the funding of the WHO (pending a review), the BBC has this narrative: "Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

I read on https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/trump-says-he-s-halting-payments-to-who-for-data-sharing-failure: The U.S. has contributed about $893 million to the WHO’s operations ...
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What are the prospects of suing with China over COVID-19? [duplicate]

Recently, some group of US jurists started suing (original probably here) with China over COVID-19 outbreak, blaming PRC for incorrect actions during pandemia, caused harm for the US. Does this ...
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Was "The Mandate of Heaven" a theory of directly democratic revolution?

The Mandate of Heaven philosophy states that if a ruler was overthrown by the people, it was Heaven executing its will - with respect to an ineffective ruler. The Duke of Zhou created the idea in ...
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Are any countries besides China planning to use "Fangcang" hospitals to relocate those infected/suspected of Covid-19, but who have a mild illness?

Somewhat controversially, China has had temporarily relocated those infected with Covid-19 in the Wuhan area to so-called Fangcang hospitals, large communal areas transformed into make-shift hospitals....
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Where exactly was this mask shipment intercepted (by the US), which a German official described as a "modern act of piracy"?

Somewhat hazy news on DW Officials in Berlin on Friday accused the US of intercepting a shipment of 200,000 protective face masks en-route from a Chinese manufacturer to Germany. Berlin Interior ...
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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 are elections conducted in China?

Whenever any topic is discussed about China, either with friends or over the internet, it always boils down to the government type in China. In fact, it always comes down to an absolutely ...
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How did the US administration usually refer to COVID-19 before the Chinese foreign ministry started claiming the virus is of US origin?

It's been recently reported that Trump's administration (Trump himself, but also Pompeo) has been referring to COVID-19 as "China virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus" etc., emphasizing the Chinese origin of ...
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Has the increased ability of Chinese citizens to travel led to an increased demand for political reform?

According to this article, which presents data from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute & the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, annual Chinese overseas visits have increased by ...
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Does the World Health Organization have the power to impose sanctions?

In the last couple of days, WHO officials have criticised the UK government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, describing the government's reliance on developing herd-immunity amongst the British ...
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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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How communist is everyday life in China? [closed]

Answers to Is China considered to be democratic range from "theoretically yes, but..." to "No!". Question: From a perspective of the life experience of everyday people, how much does political ...
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Is there an official assessment of the side-effects of a quarantine for COVID-19 in US or in China?

Given the lack of critical assessment in the US media of China's massive quarantine, I think that there are many people in the US who would view it acceptable to shut down a major American city to ...
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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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