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Why very few countries have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure?

To be honest, I've not seen a lot of press about it (outside India), so it could be simply because of its obscurity. Other than that, looking at its charter, I can speculate that the permanent/...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

This is a complex question that is also in a big part one of political view, not economics. State ownership in economical terms is beneficial wherever you have a natural monopoly. This was the case ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

As some have mentioned above, one pro of a state-owned company that China might try to leverage is that they can focus on technologies and public objectives that private profit-driven companies might ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

Let me add one point here, that in some cases the opposite of "unlimited budget and financing from the government" happens to a SOE, namely that it gets treated as a piggy bank of sorts, at ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

Historical reasons China is a former communist country, where everything used to be owned by the state. A few decades ago it has gone through massive privatization in order to raise its economy, ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

In a dictatorship, being state-owned is a competitive advantage. Being a part of the government means that the authoritarian tools of the government don't work against you, they work for you. State-...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

Large controlled state sector allows setting low prices for the most basic goods and services, making the labor cheap. This makes China attractive for foreign investors that moved there huge part of ...
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

Not sure this is entirely balanced, but here are some pros and cons. Many of my cases come from France, where I used to live and which has long had a Colbert-inspired love affair with state ownership....
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What are the pros and cons of having so many state-owned companies?

I think you are looking at this from the wrong viewpoint. You are stating that the company would have unlimited budge and financing from the government but that is not the case. A quick example of ...
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Why very few countries have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure?

the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is an international knowledge platform . . . Why are there very few countries in it? It is easy for countries to free ride on its efforts by ...
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Why are the G20 conferences such big events requiring high cost?

The cost of security can be monumentally high. Especially when heads of state join, the security requirements increase dramatically. Canada made headlines when it spent 1.1B$ on the organization of ...
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Why very few countries have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure?

Like always, there are most likely a whole range of reasons why there are few member states to the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). But I think it is safe to say that money is ...
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Why do the governments of expatriates not subsidize/fund language education for their expatriate's children?

Because they're unlikely to return. Rich people emmigrate due to high taxes, and poor people emmigrate dues to bad working conditions. In both cases, the country is unlikely to improve very soon. ...
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Why are the G20 conferences such big events requiring high cost?

It should be kept in mind that, other than G7, the majority of members of G20 are developing countries. For these countries, G20 conferences, similar to other great events (Olympic Games, World Cup, ...
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Why do the governments of expatriates not subsidize/fund language education for their expatriate's children?

First, the expats are not paying taxes, making that burden on residents of country X for uncertain returns (much as diasporas can often benefit countries). Second, the difficulty and cost of ...
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Why do the governments of expatriates not subsidize/fund language education for their expatriate's children?

Why would a government want to fund the education of people living in another country? If an expat has plans to return to their home country, they'll likely be making sure they teach their kids to ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

The Russians have only 4 option to acquire Equipment and Ammunition. Manufacturing & Production. Take from long term storage. Buy back from countries to whom you previously sold you own equipment ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

I mostly want to make one thing clear: Russia builds most of their weapons itself. That's kind of the point of being a super-power, even one which has been in decline for some time. The notion that ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

As a partial answer, you mentioned "independent arms traders." They don't really exist at this scale. When companies in countries want to sell arms, those countries want to make sure they ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

The Soviet Union was a major arms supplier: it provided weapons to the Warsaw Pact countries and many Soviet-aligned and neutral third-world countries (look at, for example, the operators of the T-72 ...
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When was the last face to face meeting between Iran government and USA government?

Befor Iranian Revolution, already mentionined in the answer by DJClayworth, Iran was one of the main US allies in the region as can be read in this wikipedia article about Iran–United States relations....
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

One con would be the fact that the previous time Germany was pressured into paying an exorbitant reparation they damn near sat the world on fire afterwards.
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

From the perspective of Germany Pros Pleasing some constituents though likely displeasing most Keeping NATO relevant - while there may not be an overt Russian threat to Germany, the overall stability ...
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

One of the persistent problems in the Eastern Europe is the ambiguity of what it means to be pro-western: while in the west the term is synonymous with accepting western values, in the Eastern Europe ...
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

This is not about reparations It's about an internal political campaign to rebuild support for the ruling party. The combative stance towards Germany, is often used by this party, PiS, to mobilize its ...
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What are the pros and cons of demanding 1.3 trillion in reparation from Germany for the Polish government?

Pro: For domestic purposes, they are seen as standing up for Polish interests. (See this Politico article and this CNN article on the domestic angle). It puts Germany on the defensive regarding the ...
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