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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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Did China achieve its benchmark of lifting 1.4 billion people out of poverty mainly by lowering the standard?

In the video "Poor Chinese Girl eats RATS" (which is from the same source as the one deriding China for declaring itself a "developing country", FWTW) it is said that: their ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

According to this video, "China Just Lost the Space Race!", China is a so called "developing country" which has for decades been receiving billions of dollars of foreign aid and ...
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Were unsuspecting visitors pranked at the East Taihang Glasswalk?

The East Taihang Glasswalk is a skywalk in the mountains in China. It purportedly had special effect that makes it appear to crack when you step into it. Atlas Obscura One glass bridge in China is ...
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Did Portugal attempt to maintain control over Macau?

In this video, Are Hong Kong and Macau Countries?, educational YouTuber CGP Grey mentions (at 3m16s) that Portugal said they had a right to Macau forever, but the UN stepped in and said no to them. ...
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Is (or was) the air pollution in Beijing worse than "what the first responders at ground zero on 9/11 were breathing"?

...I'd rather spend a week in Chernobyl (maybe not right now) than say a week in Beijing when the air quality is literally so bad it's worse than what the first responders at ground zero on 9/11 were ...
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Was the Chinese ship Da Cui Yun carrying materials for building WMD?

Chinese ship carrying suspected cargo to Pakistan allowed to leave, equipment held back DRDO confirms Chinese ship India stopped was carrying nuclear-capable equipment to Pakistan The above article ...
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Did Jiang Zemin write an unpublished memoir?

It's been claimed in connection with the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade that: In February 2011 The Sunday Times published an article stating that an unpublished memoir by former ...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

In a highly-upvoted Quora answer, Godfree Roberts quotes US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman [sic]: The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. ...
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Was Chinese space station forced to take evasive action in 2021?

CNBC reports that China complained that its space station was forced to take evasive action to avoid collision with satellites launched by Musk’s Starlink programme. The documents should be ...
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Does China display the hammer and sickle above their domestic Gucci outlets?

This post on Dec 1, 2021 by user @ItsMaoCena has the caption, This Gucci manager be panicking every time they open their shop. As it should be. China loves metaphors, and placing the ☭ ABOVE the ...
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Were the Chinese tennis events cancelled by the WTA in relation to Peng Shuai already cancelled because of COVID-19?

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced it is cancelling "all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong" based on recent events surrounding Peng Shuai. Long before #PengShuai’s ...
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Does China's official position reject the "wet market origin theory" of COVID?

In an episode of Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar says, Even the Chinese don't try and push [...] the wet market theory. Their theory is basically like oh it was on some goods and it made it ...
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Is "Mu" a more common last name than "Xi" in China?

Is "Mu", which has a coronavirus variant named after it by the World Health Organization, a more common last name than "Xi", which the WHO has avoided naming a variant after? ...
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Do these satellite photos show mockups of US military vessels?

Many news outlets are claiming that China has built mockups of US carriers and destroyers in the dessert of Taklamakan (example 1, example 2, example 3). I have some doubts on this, partly because the ...
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Did China have (or report) zero deaths from Covid-19 in 2021?

This has been asked on medical science SE, but it's probably more suitable here. Worldometers seemingly reports zero deaths from Covid-19 in China in 2021: But the WHO's similar graph tells a ...
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Is Iraq buying JF-17 Block-3 aircraft from Pakistan/China?

Is Iraq buying JF-17 aircraft? Iraq orders 12 JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan In recent developments, Iraq has decided to purchase 12 JF-17 Thunder Block III fighter jets from Pakistan. According ...
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Did China lose a submarine (possibly a Xia class SSBN) with all hands on board in 1983-1985?

It's been claimed a video by a US submariner that the Soviet submarine K-10 collided with an unknown submarine in 1983 and this likely was a Chinese one ... because two years later the Chinese press ...
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Did the Chinese government act to suppress news of their Covid outbreak in Wuhan before December 30, 2019?

Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese national who defected in 1997, has written a book (“What Really Happened in Wuhan”) that details how he first heard of a mysterious new virus at the time of the World Military ...
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Did China shut down a port for one COVID-19 case and did this closure have a bigger impact than the blocking of the Suez canal?

Journalist Fabian Kretschmer claimed in a DW interview (at 1m56): For every case you have to shut down a factory, you have to shut down a port. In May, for example, they had to shut down the Yantian ...
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Is this video about an Uighur family being forced to live with Han Chinese men genuine?

The following video was posted to a number of social media platforms: "Uyghur women being forced to serve Han Chinese" In the video, an Asian male is recording himself sitting on the couch. ...
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Is Huang Yanling (a Wuhan virology researcher) the world's first COVID-19 patient?

The Jerusalem Post wrote in Jan 2021 A prominent scientist from the city of Wuhan in China, who has received the title "the world's first COVID-19 patient," has been missing for a year now. ...
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Did three researchers (connected to "gain of function" work) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fall ill with Covid-19 symptoms in Nov 2019?

Vanity Fair and other news sources have cited multiple unnamed sources from within the US State Department claiming that three Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers supposedly in engaged in "...
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Is China's GDP data politically manipulated?

In 2010, a World Bank economist denied that China's GDP figures were politically manipulated: Is the data manipulated by the authorities to meet political objectives? My answer to it, at least ...
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Did the Wuhan Institute of Virology engage in coronavirus gain-of-function research?

Hannity said on Foxnews: The Wuhan facility was experimenting with gain of function with coronaviruses NewsMedical defines the term "gain of function research" as: Gain-of-function ...
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Is this alleged leak of a 2015 Chinese paper evidence that COVID-19 is an accidentally released bioweapon? [closed]

While searching around on the news today, I found this article, which alleges that a Chinese paper published in 2015, titled "The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as ...
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The Arizona Election Recount 2021: Would Chinese paper prove there was an election fraud? [closed]

On Slate magazine, I read the following news [emphasis in bold, mine]: On Wednesday, a member of the Arizona election audit team that has been heavily touted by former President Donald Trump revealed ...
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Will China soon have a bigger navy than the USA?

According to this CNN article China either already has, or is on course to have a larger number of 'battle force ships' than the USA. Is this true?
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Did the US government accuse China of genocide against Uyghurs based on a single report?

Background: CNN reported in January 2021 that The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority ...
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Did BGI genetically test Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

In July of last year the U.S. Commerce Department publicly accused subsidiaries of BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) of genetically testing Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of a campaign of ...
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Does China censor online discussions of female orgasms?

A Washington Post article describes how people in China were recently discussing certain taboo subjects using the Clubhouse app: They asked questions about the protests in Hong Kong, reports of mass ...
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Are foreign teachers in China "being drug tested using their hair samples"?

This claim arises on (what appears to be) a legitimate international legal company's blog: 1. Teachers are being drug tested using their hair samples. Many are testing for cannabis and being jailed ...
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Did Adobe Flash's EOL cause trains to stop running in China?

News website Apple Daily posted on Jan 17 a report, picked up widely on socials, that Adobe discontinuing Flash caused trains to stop running in Dalian, China: As Adobe Flash stops running, so do some ...
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Did SARS-CoV-2 appear in some (Mojiang) Chinese miners in 2012?

The N.Y. Post wrote in August 2020: In April 2012, six miners in the Mojiang mine in southwestern China’s Yunnan province fell ill after spending more than 14 days removing bat feces. Three ...
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Did a Chinese ethics textbook say Jesus stoned a woman to death?

I was reading this Reddit thread where the comments were casting doubt on whether this picture from this tweet was legitimate: This image says: From an account of John 8:3-11 in a law-and-ethics ...
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Did China's Chang'e 5 land before November 30th 2020?

This video came out a couple hours ago (around UTC 9pm 2020-11-29), showing China already landed Chang'e 5. Is this video real? I find it hard to believe because I could not find sources confirming ...
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Did China destroy a Guanyin statue in Hebei province?

From Mongolia live: It was not the Taliban who exploded the stone carvings, but the Chinese Communist Party A 57.9-meter-tall cliff stone-carved vertical Guanyin statue in Pingshan County, ...
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Has China eliminated local transmission of COVID-19 within its borders?

Many sources assert that China appears to have eliminated COVID-19 within the country, except for the odd imported case or cluster, which is quickly isolated and eliminated. For instance, Worldometer'...
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Did the Chinese chairman Xi Jinping carry 100 kg of wheat and walk 5 km of mountain road without switching shoulders?

In the first episode Liang Jia He (Chinese: 梁家河篇) of the series Chairman Xi's Beginning (Chinese: 習總書記的初心), Xi said (in Mandarin Chinese) 因爲我那時候,抗 200 斤麥子,十里山路不換肩的 ... because I, at that time, ...
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Did Mao Zedong have a person executed for saying his mangoes looked like a sweet potato?

This video entitled Mao's Miraculous Mangoes! is a bit satirical, but the one claim that somebody got executed during the cultural revolution for saying a mango looked like a sweet potato, is just ...
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Can cremating bodies cause black rain?

There is speculation that the mysterious black rain that Japan had a few months ago was from China cremating bodies, and in particular, mass cremations from coronavirus victims. 7 News: Coronavirus ...
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Is Chinese government using Huawei to spy on the USA and the West? [closed]

A while ago Trump said that the Chinese government uses Chinese tech giant Huawei's telecom network and equipment to spy on the USA and the West. Secretary of state Pompeo also said that Chinse made ...
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Did Pakistan ask China to invade India and vice versa in 1962 and in 1999?

I was watching this widely seen (Urdu) video, Pakistani journalist Imran Khan claims: In 1962: China invited Pakistan to invade India (as China attacked India). The USA assured Pakistan that they ...
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Did the Chinese government kill Falun Gong practitioners for their organs? [duplicate]

Did the Chinese government kill Falun Gong practitioners for their organs? https://www.healtheuropa.eu/forced-organ-harvesting-they-kill-innocent-people-for-their-organs/97306/ Articles such as ...
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Does China force US companies to hand over technologies?

In June 2019, Bloomberg reported: It’s been one of the most contentious fronts in the U.S.-China trade war: so-called forced technology transfers. The term refers to ways in which companies ...
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Has China not published an official number of Covid-19 tests performed in its territory?

Taiwan’s vice president Chen Chien-jen claimed in a May 8 interview with France24 (around 3:40) that they cannot find the official number of Covid-19 tests performed in China... the implication being ...
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Did the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) accuse China of pressuring the WHO to suppress news about the Wuhan outbreak?

As reported on Arirang TV and in (more clear detail) on Taiwan News Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) asked World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to suppress news ...
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Were masks imported to China in Jan-Feb resold to Mexico at 20-30 times the price in March?

Global News reports In March, the masks sold to China in January and February were being sold back to Mexico at 20 to 30 times the price, according to [Jorge] Guajardo [Mexico’s former ambassador ...
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Did Fauci outsource gain-of-function research to China during a US moratorium?

A Times of Israel blog writes: Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and ...
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Did a Chinese researcher sell his lab animals to street food vendors?

An opinion piece in the New York Post by social scientist and activist Steve W. Mosher claims: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors ...
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Did GitHub collaborate with Chinese authorities to remove the “#2020 nCov memory” page on GitHub?

The #2020 nCov memory page [former URL] was a GitHub page. Qz explains: The project, which was started by seven volunteers based around the world, chronicles and collects personal narratives and ...
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