Safeguard provision (安全保障条款)

Escape clause; Article XIX.

Safeguard provision (安全保障条款 ānquán bǎozhàng tiáokuǎn), or escape clause, refers to a condition in a contract that allows a party to that contract to avoid having to perform the contract temporarily. For example, countries can temporarily raise tariffs for certain products. Also see: tariffs.

  • (ān) as in quite (安静 ānjìng), arrangement (安排 ānpái) or installing (安装 ānzhuāng); (quán) as in whole (全部 quánbù), complete (完全 wánquán) or overall (全面 quánmiàn). 安全 (ānquán) means safety or security, as in safety belt (安全带 ānquán dài) or sense of security (安全感 ānquán gǎn).
  • (bǎo) as in protecting (保护 bǎohù), maintaining (保持 bǎochí) or guarantee (保证 bǎozhèng); (zhàng) as in obstacle (障碍 zhàngài) or barricade (路障 lùzhàng). 保障 (bǎozhàng) means assurance, as in social security (社会保障 shèhuì bǎozhàng).
  • (tiáo) as in entry (条目 tiáomù), stripe (条纹 tiáowén) or condition (条件 tiáojiàn); (kuǎn) as in style (款式 kuǎnshì) or treat cordially (款待 kuǎndài). 条款 (tiáokuǎn) as in legal provisions (法律条款 fǎlǜ tiáokuǎn) or additional clause (附加条款 fùjiā tiáokuǎn).
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