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client state in Government topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclient stateˌclient ˈstate noun [countable]  PGa country that is dependent on the support and protection of a more powerful country – used in news reports
Examples from the Corpus
client stateIt is seen as a client state of an overmighty United States, which drags poodle Britain in its wake.Alternatively they risk becoming the client state of one or other adversary in a high-risk tension area.