China’s final warning

China’s final warning. By Wikipedia.

A Russian proverb that originated in the former Soviet Union, and is used ironically to refer to a warning that carries no real consequences. …

Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America during the 1950s and 1960s were strained due to the Taiwan Strait issues. American military fighter jets regularly patrolled the Taiwan Strait, which led to formal protests being regularly lodged by the Chinese Communist Party in the form of a “final warning”, for their fighter manoeuvres in the strait. However, no real consequences were given for ignoring the “final warnings”. …

More than 900 Chinese “final warnings” had been issued by the end of 1964.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the proverb has remained a common metaphorical catchphrase within the post-Soviet countries.

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