Populous eastern Asian nation which has undergone a myriad of changes over the years, but remains one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

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Were the families of the protesters killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre billed for the bullets used?

The History Channel documentary series Declassified episode Tiananmen Square features this quote: Is there any known record of the families being invoiced for either: the costs associated with ...
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Did Chinese philosopher “Tson Tse” anticipate key ideas of evolution 2500 years ago?

In his famous book Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru writes (p. 610, Penguin 2004 Edition, emphasis mine): As I have been telling you of Darwin's theory of the origin of species, it ...
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Is China creating fake rice which includes resin? [closed]

From The Straits Times: "Fake rice made of plastic reported to have reached Asian shores but not Singapore's" PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The sacred bowl of rice that used to ...
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Did a Chinese zookeeper lick a monkey's anus for an hour in order to save its life?

This gawker article claims that a zoo keeper licked a monkey's anus for an hour in order help it pass an peanut. Being too big to pass through the monkey's system naturally, the peanut had to be ...
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Is Falun Gong worse for its practitioners and society than other religions like Christianity? [closed]

EDIT: after too broad closure, split into: Is it true that Falun Gong practicioners don't go to hospital when they need it more often than non-religious people? The Chinese government has ...
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Is food handled in China but available in Australia less safe than food handled in Australia?

Recently, there's been an incident involving frozen berries handled in China spreading Hepatitis A in Australia. People are responding to this by arguing for better labeling of where food products ...
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Are these suppliers providing Macbook Pros for only US$230?

After requesting some quotes on computers in China-based global trade site Ali Baba, a friend of mine was bombarded with offers via email. You can see an example in the image bellow. The prices are ...
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Are sharks primarily hunted for Chinese cuisine?

In Captain Paul Watson: Fear and Loathing of Sharks in Western Australia, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson (warning: Islamophobic content elsewhere in the article) says On the other hand, we ...
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Does Apple install suicide prevention nets at their Chinese factories?

I had a discussion with a friend about the sometimes poor working conditions in China and especially the electronics market. Now what really surprised me was his statement that Apple and other ...
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Does Beijing still see natural sunrises?

In Januari 2014, this article reported that: Over the weekend, a story that originated on the smut-ridden UK-based Daily Mail went viral among major media outlets across the world. Time, CBS, ...
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Does China have the death penalty for spammers?

Does China have the death penalty for spammers? Example claim: Welcome to the United States of Canada. Chinese law, for example, permits executions for sending spam, and harvesting of the ...
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Do Florida woods cockroaches (aka Palmetto bugs) commonly sell for ~US$80/kg in China?

According to this article on Yahoo news, citing a similar South China Morning Post article, Yuan Meixia bought her initial stock of 20kg of cockroaches for around US$1600: Yuan, a pharmacy ...
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Was Mao's Great Leap Forward responsible for 30 million deaths?

I recently found an article calling into question the effect of Mao's policies on the famine during the Great Leap Forward in China towards the end of the 1950s. The author doesn't go as far as to ...
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Do products from no-name brands have inferior quality compared to the ones from popular brands? [closed]

Today pretty much almost all electronics are produced in China. For example, China and Malaysia make 95% of Dell's products. So considering that the same factory assembles laptops for both Dell and ...
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Are these “mystical caves” in China antique, or modern?

I came across this link Mysterious Cave Complexes discovered in China that describes some caves in China that supposedly were built by unknown people hundreds of years ago. They are known as the ...
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Do restaurants in China recycle 'gutter oil'?

A video titled This Video Of Chinese Street Food Made From 'Gutter Oil' Is The Most Disgusting Thing You Will See All Day rose to the top of the reddit front page today. It claims some restaurants in ...
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Can Chinese people read the literature of 2,500 years ago as easily as yesterday's newspapers

Bill Bryson in his book The Mother Tongue: English And How It Got That Way, on page 110, writes: An equally useful advantage of written Chinese is that people can read the literature of 2,500 ...
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Did ancient Chinese frontline troops decapitate themselves to scare their foes?

From Wikipedia's page on King Goujian of Yue, a king in Ancient China (~500BCE): King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of ...
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Death by exploding office chair?

Some old news reports "Chinese boy killed when height adjusting mechanism in chair explodes" 1 There are a lot of similar news, all happened in China. Can this mechanisms explode ? Is the explosion ...
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Is it illegal to stop a car for a pedestrian crossing in China?

Today while preparing for one of my classes, this time on law, I found the snippet on a great many websites saying that in China: Drivers of power-driven vehicles are forbidden to stop at ...
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Did pills from China recently seized in South Korea contain the powdered flesh of dead babies?

According to CBS news (May 7, 2012) South Korea cracks down on human flesh capsules from China (AP) SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with ...
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Is Huawei the front for a Chinese espionage attempt?

There are a lot of rumors and claims being made that products manufactured by Huawei act suspiciously or in a non-standard way in order to send information "back home" or to facilitate unauthorized ...
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Are bagged turtles and goldfish sold as keychains in China?

So there is this letter going around facebook: PLEASE SHARE IT , HUMBLE REQUEST ---- On a commercial street in China, little tortoises are found packaged as souvenir!!! These little tortoises ...
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Are there more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people total in the U.S.?

This claim was made popular by being said in the movie The Social Network. It exactly says: Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind ...
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Did an elderly Chinese woman grow horns?

This video shows a news report of a woman in China who has apparently grown a horn at her old age. Is this a deformity, or some sort of video trick? Is this a scientifically sound phenomenon?
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Did Marco Polo travel to China?

I have been living in China now for nearly 5 years. One of the first books I bought when I first came was a copy of Marco Polo's Il Milione. It made interesting reading on one long train journey I ...
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Is the Chinese government responsible for hacking U.S businesses and government?

Over the past 18 months there have been several news articles pointing the finger at the Chinese government over hacks on U.S government and businesses. Most recently: China Suspected of Hacking US ...
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Are there more English speaking people in China than in the USA?

I have heard there are more Chinese who speak English than there are Americans who speak English. Is this true?
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Has Go ever been used to decide a war?

Go is an ancient game, popular today in China, Korea and Japan. When I was first learning to play I was told 'it was used to train generals and sometimes even played in place of fighting a war.' ...
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Are most properties in China vacant, despite record property price growth?

House prices in China have been growing really fast due to the amazing GDP growth of the country. I've been reading though that whilst there are so many buildings being built, it's mainly due to the ...
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Did (Does?) the Shaolin Wooden Men labyrinth exist?

It is mentioned in nearly every fiction on Shaolin Temple, but did it really exist? Wikipedia didn't mention it at all the last time I read, so I assume it's all fiction. But I haven't had a chance to ...