Controlling a dependent field in a multi-instance paragraph

The fields below are part of the node/add node/edit forms of my custom node type.

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The paragraph field_para_city contain one field_city. (I later need to add other fields in the paragraph).

The user can add multiple instances from field_para_city.

field_city has an allowed_values_function defined in a YML file, which returns all possible cities from all countries.

I created a class MyNodeTypeForm extends NodeForm, with a public function buildForm(). This function adds AJAX to field_country so that when it changes (i.e. the user chooses a country) it (re-)populates all the existing instances of field_city (inside the field_para_city instances) with corresponding list of cities (e.g., London and Cardiff for the UK).

In MY_MODULE.module, I added the following so that the above code is executed on the node/add and node/edit forms.

function MY_MODULE_entity_type_alter(array &$entity_types) {   $handlers = $entity_types['node']->get('handlers');   $handlers['form']['default']  = 'DrupalMY_MODULEFormMyNodeTypeForm';   $handlers['form']['edit']     = 'DrupalMY_MODULEFormMyNodeTypeForm';   $entity_types['node']->set('handlers', $handlers); } 

All works fine, except when the user add or remove instances of field_para_city (“Add city” or “Remove”), then all instances of the field_para_city are refreshed and field_city instances inside them are reset to the allowed values (all cities), ignoring the state of field_country.

The user would then need to re-select from field_country to get the correct cities again.

I found that although adding/removing a field_para_city triggered the above mentioned buildForm() function, the $form_state->getValue('field_country') was then empty, unlike when buildForm() is triggered through the field_country AJAX.

I tried to capture the state of field_country in the field_city‘s allowed_values_function, so that the allowed options are dynamically and directly set based on the user choice of country, but $form_state was not recognised there.

I know this is an incorrect approach!

What is the correct better approach to implement this simple use case?

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