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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_government-owned_companies State-owned enterprises accounted for over 60% of China's market ...
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Why very few countries have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure?

To my understanding, the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is an international knowledge platform and could help countries for efficient disaster management. Why are there very few ...
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Why are the G20 conferences such big events requiring high cost?

Note: this is a follow-up on this comment Some of the G20 conferences incur high costs, both financially (up to hundreds of millions of dollars spent for organizing it + damages done by protests) and ...
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Why do the governments of expatriates not subsidize/fund language education for their expatriate's children? [closed]

Why do the governments using language X of expatriates not subsidize/fund X language education for their expatriate's children? If they want to make their expatriates and the children to return, they ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a25zzKQ59A0 There have been reports that Russia have been buying artillery from North Korea. Now, I was wondering what are the other means for Russia to buy ammunition ...
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What are the pros and cons of joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Plus group instead of joining the main Quadrilateral Security Dialogue?

What are the pros and cons of joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Plus group instead of joining the main Quadrilateral Security Dialogue? I was wondering why a country like South Korea would ...
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/poland-officially-demand-ww2-reparations-germany-says-ruling-party-boss-2022-09-01/ What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany?...
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In what Western Countries has any party or coalition been elected gaining a supermajority or such majority permitting constitutional amendments?

For the sake of the argument, the "Western" countries should include all Member States of the EU, and countries conventionally understood to be part of the "West". Any time after ...
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Which countries or regions (EU, U.S., China, etc.) own the majority of debt when we include hidden debt in Africa?

Which countries or regions (EU, U.S., China, etc.) own the majority of debt when we include hidden debt in Africa? https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/african-states-private-debts-three-times-that-...
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What are the pros and cons of having a large sovereign wealth fund?

https://www.swfinstitute.org/fund-rankings/sovereign-wealth-fund What are the pros and cons of having a large sovereign wealth fund? I am asking, because China is behind Norway and China invest a ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Despite difficult relations between the United States and China, collaborative research between the two countries has remained resilient. But with young scientists entering the workforce amid ...
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What are the pros and cons of willfully engaging in IP piracy?

https://www.belmontentertainmentlaw.com/2022/04/12/your-patent-is-no-good-here-russias-war-on-intellectual-property-following-war-in-ukraine/ What are the pros and cons of wilfully engaging in IP ...
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Is it true that sizes of some countries are shown smaller on Maps than they actually are? [closed]

I recently read somewhere that there are some countries in the world are actually larger than they are shown on the world map. For eg. Somalia is significantly larger than it is shown on the map and ...
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What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated?

What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated? Only the Dutch manufacturer ASML makes the ...
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Would Canada seizing Russian assets set a dangerous legal precedent for rich Chinese investors?

https://www.eurointegration.com.ua/eng/news/2022/07/4/7142525/ Canada was the first Western country to legislate the possibility of seizing sanctioned Russian assets for Ukraine's reconstruction. ...
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What is the equivalent of the "President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition" in other G20 countries such as China?

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) is a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background ...
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Does the POTUS Mr. Biden give gifts to his counterparts from other countries when meeting in international meets?

Recently, in G7 meeting, Modi of India gave various gifts to his counterparts. I was wondering if POTUS Mr. Biden does the same?
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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Why do western countries condemn Russia and not Israel? [closed]

I'm not really into politics or history, so my question might be obvious. I just wonder why Western countries condemn Russia so much for the Ukraine invasion, and why they didn't condemn Israel (from ...
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What fraction of Davos participants are billionaires (and not corporations or political leaders) and who decides which ones can go?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's May 21, 2022 Crypto Celebs Silent As Market Melts Down | Billionaires Get Ready To Trip At Davos cites Business Insider's August 27, 2020 (updated) Davos 2021 is ...
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Why does a high number of capital punishments often attract international criticism?

Take, for example, a country like the United States. Firstly, the US has a relatively high homicide rate. Secondly, the US might not have enough money to keep large numbers of murderers in prison, as ...
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Are Estonia, Iceland, Hungary and Greece in a similar economical level? [closed]

I was wondering whether the Estonian or the Icelandic economies, despite being small, are relatively close to the Hungarian and the Greek economies, or whether they are much smaller Therefore, are ...
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What are major reasons behind giving legitimacy to religions & religious practices

Almost all major democracies have freedom of belief, faith and worship under the overall religious freedom. Some religions include controversial practices such as caste hierarchy, circumcision, ...
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Who is in control of SWIFT sanctions?

After the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in 2022, several Russian banks were banned from using SWIFT. According to Wikipedia, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (...
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Why was the Socialist Party of Ukraine excluded from the Socialist International (in 2011)?

The SPU was once a real player in Ukrainian politics, but it last had sets in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) in 2006. They were excluded from the Socialist International in 2011, but the ...
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Who are the "international observers" at elections to determine if they are free and fair?

We often hear that "international observers" deemed that certain elections were fair or unfair. But who exactly are the groups or people among these international observers and who chooses ...
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What would China gain by confronting Russia for what it's doing in Ukraine?

What would China gain by confronting Russia for what it's doing in Ukraine? https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/02/26/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/us-china-intelligence-russia-...
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Why is it assumed that would WW3 would be a nuclear war and what kind of conditions would have to be met to make it nuclear? [closed]

I'm curious as to why it's believed that WW3 would automatically be a full nuclear war instead of a conventional conflict. I understand the concept of MAD and a couple other Cold War policies but I ...
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Why should nations that stand to benefit from climate change have to contribute to the fight against it?

Based on this article, this article and this article, global warming could benefit some countries in the world. The first article (withdrawn later as pointed out by LShaver) says the warming of ...
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Why doesn't democracy show its strengths in large developing countries like BRICS?

I compared the democracy indexes of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) plus Turkey (although UN would classify Russian and Turkey into developed countries, in my opinion, they are ...
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Is China's view in line with Russia's view on Ukraine?

Blinken reported the American position on Ukraine. Wang Yi pointed out that solving the Ukraine problem lies in the New Minsk Agreement [Minsk II] . Minsk II gained the approval of the UNSC, and all ...
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What's the purpose of sending diplomats to the Olympic games?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/africa-decision-not-boycott-beijing-093000132.html African countries have ignored Washington's call for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, instead ...
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How many countries have a single unified document as their constitution?

The foundation of US law and government is the US constitution including its 27 amendments. However most of the time when I look for something similar for other nations, what I find tends to be ...
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Shortest term as prime minister?

In November, Sweden's prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned just hours after being elected. Was her reign the shortest of any nationally-elected executive? Have any leaders, in any other ...
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Why doesn't the Paris agreement cover emissions from international shipping?

Why doesn't the Paris agreement include emissions from international shipping? According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Note: The Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in ...
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Why would China join the TPP if it would undermine China?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/economy/china-cptpp-application-intl-hnk/index.html China has applied to join a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership that the United States ditched several years ago, ...
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Do/did former Soviet republic leaders generally attend the May Victory Day parade in Moscow?

It's been noted in a 2017 article that that year only Moldovan president Dodon attended the May Victory Day parade in Moscow: Dodon was also the only head of state from the former Soviet republics in ...
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Is Japan's handling of its nuclear waste water conforming to international norms and historical precedents?

The United States on Monday (local time) extended support to Japan in its decision to release contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima atomic power station into the sea, stating that Tokyo ...
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What may happen to the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan once the Taliban takes over? [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_Afghanistan Surprisingly, Afghanistan had many diplomatic missions throughout the world. I am wondering what may happen to them in the ...
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Which countries offer monetary incentives to those getting the Covid vaccine?

In the Washington Post, I read that the US state of West Virginia offers money to people who get vaccinated. I am wondering if you can help me find countries that offer similar cash incentives. It ...
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Why didn't the United States and other developed countries criticize the Cayman Islands for allowing tax evasion?

Though the Cayman Islands is involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. In an ...
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Is there a country where people votes don't equal one another based on their personal circumstances?

Sorry if this question is a bit harsh, but I am looking for any country (past or current) who implemented a system where people don't just have 1 equal vote each, a vote/point system that is based on ...
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How does having other countries support a security guarantee increases the likelihood that this security guarantee will be followed through?

But Putin, keen to use the summit to burnish Russia’s diplomatic credentials as a global player, said he believed any U.S. guarantees might need to be supported by the other nations involved in ...
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Why does Canada only accept refugee applications from Afghans applying from Afghanistan, thus requiring them to return to the country?

The Canadian government have started processing the refugee applications for Afghanistan whose lives are being endangered by the increasing advances of the Taliban. According to immigration.ca: ...
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Are there international rules or mechanisms to prevent the theft of technology across borders?

Korea's tech industries are increasingly becoming the target of technology and intellectual property theft that has been growing in sophistication and harmfulness. The targeted industries include ...
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Why don't other countries try to emulate the United States? [closed]

(Apologies in advance if I sound condescending or ignorant of world affairs. The former is unintentional; the latter is why I'm here.) You often hear about countries (developing nations, mostly, but ...
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Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world?

Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world? I found this in a research paper entitled Why kill ...
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Under what jurisdiction is the ISS?

Under what jurisdiction is the ISS? If a crime is to be committed inside the International Space Station, under whose jurisdiction would the criminals be prosecuted? Is there a mechanism or ...
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What are the advantages of a nation allowing one of its states to default on its debt?

Some Federations like the U.S.A. do not permit one of their states to file for bankruptcy. My question is why do some countries allow for one of their states to default on its debt, and what might be ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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