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The China influence puzzle

2 May 2023

12:30 PM

2 May 2023

12:30 PM

A “Chinese puzzle” in its classic version is a game where you must fit a variety of ill-assorted boxes inside other boxes. The term came to mean any intricate problem, especially one in which what looks like the way forward leads only to new obstacles.

These days, in which we are warned not to use ethnonyms for fear of giving offense, it might be safer to say something like “brainteaser.”

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