any amount of pressure...except that amount which might...

Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The quotation comes from http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/04/coldly-transactional-china-policy

Quotation: China knows that Korean nukes are a threat to its own security, destabilising the region and giving America good cause to maintain armies and arsenals in Asia. China also thinks that the collapse of the North Korean regime would be worse. But North Korea believes that nuclear weapons are vital to its regime's survival. So leaders in Beijing will put any amount of pressure on North Korea, except that amount which might actually work.
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Hi everyone! How to clarify the bold sentence? I believe it roughly means "so leaders in Beijing will not put as much amount pressure on N.K. as to make difference".
 
  • Dretagoto

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    Inglés británico
    Yes, you have it. Basically they are saying they will give the impression of making an effort, of applying pressure, but it will only be for show, they will not apply enough pressure to actually make a difference.
     
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