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zero-sum game

[′zir·ō ¦səm ‚gām]
(mathematics)
A two-person game where the sum of the payoffs to the two players is zero for each move.

zero-sum game

any game or analogous social situation in which what one player or side loses the other gains (Von Neumann and Morgenstein, 1947). See also THEORY OF GAMES, PRISONERS’ DILEMMA.
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The alternative may be a world hurtling faster toward zero-sum trade relations, with the long-running tantrum between Beijing and Washington descending into a full-blown economic war.
Raila should have known he was engaging in a zero-sum game when he opted for the handshake.
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That's the defining feature of populism, zero-sum games.
Lee concludes that Chiang resorted to suppression and terror to maintain his legacy in the country, and made bad decisions out of a zero-sum mentality, which has caused a big headache for later generations as Beijing has consistently sought to bar Taiwan from participating in any U.N.-related events.
Speaking to Chief of General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Gen Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov, on the second day of his visit to Russia, Gen Bajwa said: 'Pakistan wants to get out of the zero-sum dynamics of Cold War era that is still prevalent in South Asia.'
"The parties have continued the destructive pattern of zero-sum politics which has led the country to plunge into more poverty and destruction," said Cheikh Ahmed.
Housing policy is another example of zero-sum thinking.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- China rejected the insinuation that it is a "revisionist state," voiced by the US in its national security strategy, as Beijing urged Washington to give up its "outdated zero-sum thinking" and Cold War rhetoric.
The game he is playing to put forward his administration's agenda can be ascribed as the zero-sum game.
Now, it all depends on whether New Delhi can overcome its zero-sum mentality for the benefit of all, according to an article published in the Chinese newspapers Global Times here on Wednesday.
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