client state


Definition of client state

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

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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 All of the clients stated that the two helped them apply for immigration visas, residency or citizenship. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "2 Pierce County men were told twice to stop defrauding immigrants. Now they owe $350,000 and face a year in prison," 28 July 2018 The Law Offices of Craig M. Greaves posted on its Facebook page in defense of his client stating the encounter was consensual and called out the victim for waiting several months to report it. Jenny Dial Creech, San Antonio Express-News, "Sexual assault case leads to questions of proper punishment at Texas A&M," 13 June 2018 This was an audacious move, particularly for a client state. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 Panicos Kaouris, president of the Cyprus China Business Association, shrugs off concerns that the onetime British territory may wind up becoming a client state of China. Alan Crawford,, "Everything Is for Sale in Cyprus, and China’s Buying," 24 Apr. 2018 Long-term, Moscow wants a reliable client state in the Middle East. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Why the Syrian Civil War Is Becoming Even More Complex," 6 Apr. 2018 Cuba was a client state of the Soviet Union and was under diplomatic and economic embargo by the United States for decades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: "Sonic" Injuries Against U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Are Real," 15 Feb. 2018 When the Soviets and Americans stopped funding client states, many belligerents sought other revenue streams, for example smuggling diamonds out of west African war-zones, says Sebastian von Einsiedel of the University of the UN in Tokyo. The Economist, "When the shooting stopsHow to stop countries sliding back into civil war," 18 Jan. 2018

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1803, in the meaning defined above

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

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