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Does China have a mechanism for allowing whistleblowers within the government to speak out and protect them?

China has whistleblowers protection laws on two fronts - "corruptions" and "biosecurity". The latter seems not in the OP's interest, as it mainly focuses on encouraging the ...
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What do Muslim countries have to gain from visiting Xinjiang at the invitation of the Chinese?

Well, it's a continuation of a rather known policy. As detailed in a 2019 letter addressed to the UN We appreciate China’s commitment to openness and transparency. China has invited a number of ...
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What do Muslim countries have to gain from visiting Xinjiang at the invitation of the Chinese?

It seems this visit was organized by the Chinese government and the Chinese government officially invited these countries/ their diplomats. Refusing such an invitation could be seen as a diplomatic ...
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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

This has turned out to be a complicated question and difficult to answer directly and succinctly. I ran across this yesterday which also sheds a bit of light. The Diplomat's Editor in Chief Shannon ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

This would not be without precedent. During the cold war, the United States curtailed scientific cooperation with the USSR using export restrictions. While you would think of export restrictions as ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Scientists depend on grants, and many grants come from governmental organisations such as the NSF. It can either not award grants, or attach strings that make collaboration difficult. The government ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

The federal government has full control over international relations, further The President is given pretty wide latitude in this regard so many things could be done by simple executive action. The ...
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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

The only country with which China has a mutual defense treaty is North Korea. So that would be their strongest ally in legal terms, although as with all asymmetric relationships between a great power ...
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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

Advanced image recognition can make huge impact on de facto human rights, because many demonstrations and mass protests still rely on that the government will not be able to identify exactly all ...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

Short Answer While it is subtle, this Chinese "white paper" is a bigger deal than it seems from a casual reading out of context and without much further analysis. This Chinese "white ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

The USA does not currently guarantee that it will intervene militarily, even if the PRC stages an open "D-Day" style invasion. The only promise that the US has given is to "make ...
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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?" Modern missiles, warheads, military jets, and radar systems ...
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Did Taiwan support "Hong Kongers" trying to resettle as its president said?

It is unknown how many Hong Kong refugees are currently in Taiwan, though the South China Morning Post reported in July that there were up to 60 Hong Kong asylum seekers in Taiwan. The number can't be ...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

Public diplomacy and communications A white paper is somewhat authoritative, but less rigid than putting policy into law, and possibly more verbose than a diplomatic note (which tends to be government-...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

A white paper is an official position statement issued as a guide to others to help them understand a situation and/or make decisions about it. It's meant to be an authoritative statement from the ...
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Did Taiwan support "Hong Kongers" trying to resettle as its president said?

According to this article in the Washington Post, at least 5 refugees from Hong Kong have received help in Taiwan after they were able to flee.
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

China has published a White Paper on the situation with Taiwan, here is the translation: The spokesperson of the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was authorized ...
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What do Taiwan independence supporters want to do with the areas controlled by the ROC that aren't part of Taiwan?

Taiwan independence supporter here. I'll answer this in two parts. Part 1: Clarifying misunderstanding I think there is a misunderstanding in the question's terminologies. You're right that ROC's ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

The US could park nukes in Taiwan, off the coast of China. That's pretty useful if it comes down to that.
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

If like minded nations don't support each other they might eventually fall one after another. This might be a very long term consideration but probably has been proven many times in history that ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

In realpolitik, frustrating your opponents is a good thing, regardless of what their objectives are, as long as those objectives don't align with your own. China is an opponent to the West. China ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

If the world segues into another Cold War then it becomes a game of influence and alliances long term. Credibility with allies is then crucial, else at-risk countries would quickly cut a deal if ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

Military Operations always entail a degree of risk. A chance of messing it up, botching the execution, or otherwise causing the operation to fail. The more risk that there is in a given operation, ...
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What commodities do China and Taiwan trade, primarily?

It seems the main trade (by value) is in electronic components (broadly speaking), both ways. It's somewhat easier to find Taiwan's exports. In all, Taiwan exported $188.91 billion in goods to ...
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Why did the U.S. DoS issue guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for some Chinese students beginning June 11 2018?

An official explanation Ramatowski, who oversees visa services for the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C., did provide the panel with some insight into the department's ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

China's military exercises around Taiwan aren't mere posturing. Xi has vowed to retake what he regards as a breakaway province. China is practicing for the upcoming military operation to secure its ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

A lot of international politics — not all, but more than one might like — plays out as middle-school level power/status games. More precisely, it comes down to interactions between smart, cagy, ego-...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

China may have used the maneuvers to exercise attacking Taiwan and gain some more first hand experience there. But they also showed that short of invading Taiwan there is probably nothing they can do ...
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Can a country in a, nominal or actual, civil war and unable to control its territorial waters be considered independent or sovereign? e.g. Taiwan

Answer before the question was edited: Of course it can. A nation under attack does not cease to be sovereign, at the very least while there is still some unoccupied territory left. The status of a ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

At the very least, the maneuvers are designed to mollify the ultrantionalists who perhaps expected (after a tweet by a well-known Chinese editorialist suggesting such a move was "ok") for ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

And inevitably, immediately after posting my question, I stumbled onto the full English text of China's Anti-Secession Law of 2015 (反分裂国家法). Article 8 reads: In the event that the "Taiwan ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (USA exploiting rivalry between China and Russia)?

Yes indeed: in lieu of strategy and political leverage, levies, trade embargoes, the military hand has been the tool of choice to challenge China/Russia, and that's causing them to grow stronger ...
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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

Unlike the USA, China isn't vocal about designating countries as its allies. However, China's allies can be discovered differently. The following are my proposals. We can check which countries are ...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the present China and the present Ukraine political situations?

In addition to the other answers: Dissimilarity Ukraine became part of the Russian empire when Catherine the Great annexed part of Ukraine in 1793. Ukraine was also part of the USSR, a communist ...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the present China and the present Ukraine political situations?

As a counterpoint to @Constantthin's answer, I would say that it makes much more sense to compare China with Russia, and Taiwan with Ukraine: China's official stance is that Taiwan is not a country, ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (USA exploiting rivalry between China and Russia)?

Have the US abandoned (or was forced to abandon) the triangular diplomacy? Yes and no. "Yes" because there's no longer an ideological battle between Moscow and Beijing over who to lead the ...
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Has any current western politician expressed concerns about a possible alliance between China and Russia?

Surely, Volodymyr Zelensky himself stressed the importance of Chinese neutrality over the war in his country. Normally quite forceful, Zelensky offers here a nuanced view. Neutrality is still much ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

The problem for any serious shoot-down attempt is how this played out. Pelosi's trip is leaked to the press China did not like that "Public opinion cannot be defied. Those who play with fire ...
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Why are people in China offended by a visit of Pelosi to Taiwan?

Nancy Pelosi recently visited Taiwan, and some people in China are offended about it. WHat is the reason? Because, in the People's Republic of China's view, the Republic of China does not exist. The ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

"Was there a meaningful chance"? No. China would have had the capability, and there is always the risk (to use China's metaphor) when one plays with fire, that one gets burnt. Had China ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

When you ask if there's any possibility, the answer is always 'yes': politics entails risk. But if you ask whether it's likely the answer is a definitive 'no'. China's tactics over the last few ...
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Has any current western politician expressed concerns about a possible alliance between China and Russia?

Sure, Macron did. At least before 2022. Macron welcomed Putin again, in 2019, at the Fort of Brégançon, the Presidential summer retreat on the Mediterranean, where he acknowledged “this great power ...
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How close is China's army allowed to be around Taiwan in order to avoid/trigger Taiwanese army's firing?

If you look at Taiwan's size, about 300km North-South, you'd see that those red blocks are mostly all just out of the 22km territorial waters limit. So really there isn't all that much Taiwan can ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

Pelosi's reference to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) is probably not coincidental here. The Act (which was also passed in 1979 with a "veto proof" majority) contains some changes relative to ...
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How close is China's army allowed to be around Taiwan in order to avoid/trigger Taiwanese army's firing?

I doubt they would make those "red lines" public even if they have them 100% sorted out beforehand. Typically PRC aircraft stay out of the 12 nautical miles limit and are intercepted/warned-...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the present China and the present Ukraine political situations?

In comparing the present China and the present Ukraine political situations, in the spirit of “Comparative Politics”, two main similarities stand out: As China wants Taiwan back, so Ukraine wants ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

I think the key is that there are three types of official visits from the US: President or Vice President This is the top. Every detail is planned in advance and scrutinized by politicians, media, ...
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What is the role of Taiwanese semiconductor industry in Chinese and American policy regarding Taiwan?

Is it a major reason for Chinese interest in Taiwan? TSMC is not the most important reason for Chinese interest in Taiwan. This controversy is a legacy of the Chinese civil war (1927-1949) when The ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

Seems official enough : (@ www.speaker.gov/newsroom/8222-2) Pelosi, Congressional Delegation Statement on Visit to Taiwan (note the url!): Taipei, Taiwan – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Members of a ...
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Are there other countries that embed politics in every subject like China?

Teachers in Germany are supposed to represent democratic values in all subjects they teach (a "Querschnittsaufgabe" or "cross-sectional task"). That doesn't mean holding a ...
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