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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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Are Chinese trends being mislabeled as Japanese or Korean?

I'm seeing claims like this in various places on the Internet: Some Chinese trends such as Douyin and Xiaohongshu makeup, specific styles of makeup originating from and named after Chinese social ...
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Have Chinese authorities moved to restrict public Christmas-related displays ahead of Christmas 2023?

Around December 25, 2023, numerous German-language news outlets covered reports about Chinese authorities urging citizens to avoid public Christmas-related displays in order to avoid foreign influence....
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Does China have no homeless people?

These two YouTubers (among many other influencers on Twitter and Reddit, etc.) claim that homelessness in China is very rare or almost non-existent after intentional searches. Almost all of their ...
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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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Has China been funding ethnic militias in Myanmar?

According to an article in Mercator by Antonio Graceffo: In Burma’s 70-plus years of civil war, China has been funding multiple ethnic resistance armies, as well as serving as the primary benefactor ...
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Are the leaked Xinjiang files (from the old NYT article), and Xinjiang Police Files proven to be legitimate?

4 years ago, the NYT published this article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/16/world/asia/china-xinjiang-documents.html, discussing the then-recently leaked https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Did the grandson of John Rabe receive medicine from China during the start of COVID?

There is a story widely reported by prominent newspapers and government outlets in China that Thomas Rabe, the grandson of John Rabe, asked China for medicine and medical supplies at the start of the ...
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Did Brother Yun escape a maximum security prison without help?

Liu Zhenying (known as Brother Yun) is an exiled Chinese Christian evangelist. Supposedly, he was sentenced to a maximum security prison some time ago and escaped miraculously, and "without any ...
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Is the intentional homicide rate in China extremely low?

I've found some sources that show China has a relatively low intentional homicide rate. For example: Wikipedia's List of countries by intentional homicide rate cites the UN Office on Drugs and crime ...
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Did Zhang Zongchang order each player in a basketball game be given their own ball?

There is a claim that Chinese warlord, Zhang Zongchang was confused by the sport of basketball: iFunny After seeing a basketball game for the first time, he allegedly asked "Why the hell are ...
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Did a Chinese farmer spend 16 years learning law so he could sue a chemical company?

According to this meme, a chinese farmer spent 16 years preparing for and ultimately winning a lawsuit against local energy company Qigua Group. Now I've been digging around a bit and found several ...
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Are the photographs of battered Indian soldiers released on Chinese social media authentic?

A while ago two Pakistani newspapers released the news that Chinese social media released the following photos of battered Indian soldiers in the Chinese hands which India never officially admitted. ...
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In July 2022, did China have more nuclear weapons than Domino's Pizza locations?

China, Russia, and Pakistan are the only countries in the world that have more nuclear weapons than they do Domino's Pizza locations. 8 Solid Minutes of Useless Geographical Facts!, YouTube (6m45s), ...
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Does China control 85% of the supply of rare metals used in lithium batteries?

A selected letter in The Guardian talking about electric vehicles claims: The rare metals in lithium batteries are produced only in inconvenient places. More than 85% of the world’s supply comes ...
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Does the Chinese Communist Party (or government) enjoy 80% to 90% popular approval in almost all their decisions?

Roland Boer who has written extensively about China, write in his 2021 Springer book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. A Guide for Foreigners, p. 281: For Xi, the people’s standpoint (lichang) ...
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Did Rossiya 24 show an advertisement for Russian women to marry Chinese men?

A clip floating on various subreddits purports to show that: Russian State TV now shows advertising for Russian Women to marry Chinese Men. Promising them a better life... The clip seems to show a ...
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Was the "Chinese spy balloon" a project of the University of Fairbanks to study the weather above the North Pole?

When asked about his take on the balloon shot down that the US government say was a Chinese spy balloon, Seymour Hersh says it was more likely a [federally funded] project of the University of ...
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Do Huawei phones delete videos/photos of anti-Covid-restrictions protests?

A highly retweeted tweet claims: Chinese social media users report Huawei phones automatically deleting^* videos of the protests that took place in China, without notifying the owners. * Not sure if ...
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Did China receive blue prints of the IAI Lavi jet from Israel?

On the Internet, it is frequently found that the Chinese J-10 fighter jet evolved from the Israeli IAI Lavi project in that either China obtained the blueprints or received direct technical assistance ...
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Has China stated that their no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons doesn't apply to countries that possess territories that China claims as its own?

According to an Indian journalist: China had asserted before that its NFU would not apply against countries that are in possession of the Chinese territory. That means that China’s NFU does not apply ...
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Did pills from China 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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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 Macron say in 2019 it is better to make concessions to Russia on Ukraine rather than let Russia fall in Beijing's orbit?

The Economist states: Europeans fear that China and Russia are edging towards the formation of a new bloc that will dominate Eurasia. Mr Macron’s pivot to Russia is in part intended to stop it from ...
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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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Did a woman go blind after playing a mobile game?

The article Chinese woman blinded in one eye after playing game likened to electronic heroin stats: The 21-year-old woman suddenly lost sight in her right eye after playing the game for the whole day ...
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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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Is it probable that the UK COVID-19 death count will eclipse China's? [closed]

The BBC News on March 25 cited a "best case" projected death-count for COVID-19 as 20,000: it is hoped the steps which have been taken, which are essentially about suppressing the virus, ...
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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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Does China plan to launch artificial moons?

A recent news report suggests that China has an ambitious plan: to send three artificial moons into space in the next four years that would be bright enough to replace the streetlights in 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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Does China have motorways with 50 lanes, or at least with 20?

An article from the Daily Mail reports about a giant traffic jam near Beijing, China, in the aftermath of 2015's national holiday week. Several times, the article insinuates at least a section of the ...
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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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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab?

This idea was discussed in the Washington Times (no longer available at the original site: on archive.org. The article discusses whether SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) could have been ...
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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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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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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. ...