cost standing


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David Kelly directs research at the private group China Policy. He says that, if the program succeeds, many could benefit. But he notes that the outcome could be a measure of China’s influence in the world – good or bad.

“If it doesn’t work, if it runs into problems, if it’s impractical, if it’s too costly, if it falls over, it will cost China's standing in the world. And that is what worries the people.”
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    You have split the phrase wrongly:

    "if it falls over, it will cost [China's standing] in the world.

    Standing (noun, uncountable)

    "If it falls over it will cost the company £100,000 to repair."

    China's standing = "the reputation/position/status of China" / "the reputation/position/status that China has."
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