client state


Definition of client state

: a country that is economically, politically, or militarily dependent on another country

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Recent Examples on the Web The country was then a client state of Nazi Germany, and Jews, including Herz’s family, were banned from attending the cinema. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 Russia, which views Damascus as a client state and warm water port for the Russian Navy, has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons and Russian military forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Field Testing Its New Armata Tank in Syria," 22 Apr. 2020 Over the ensuing decades, India became functionally a client state of the Soviet Union, and the U.S.’s support for Pakistan soured relations between Delhi and Washington. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "India as Counterweight to China in Asia," 5 Mar. 2020 In Judea, which had recently lost its full sovereignty and become a client state of Rome, the year was… who even knows? Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I," 18 Dec. 2019 Most participants are traditional client states or regional allies of the Soviet Union and now Russia, and many have non-democratic or even dictatorial regimes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Tank Get Some Serious Air During Russia's Army Olympics," 8 Aug. 2019 Jordan, a longtime client state of the U.S., can do little to counter that pressure. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. punishes Syria with sanctions — but allies like Jordan also pay a price," 10 Sep. 2019 That requires power projection, so China has turned a dozen countries around the world into client states through debt peonage, collateralizing abusive loans with concessions for military bases and deep-water ports. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 First introduced in 1963, the 122-millimeter D-30 towed howitzer equipped the Soviet Army, the Eastern European armies of the Warsaw Pact, and Soviet client states abroad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of client state

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Client state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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: a country that depends on another country for military, economic, or political support

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