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Questions tagged [china]

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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Does the Chinese government officially have access to IT equipment sold abroad?

In this segment from an RT program with Rick Sanchez, published June 6th 2019, a person named James Jordan, from the Stanford U Hoover Institute, claims (03:20) that "Chinese government agencies have ...
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Did Donald Trump say that “global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese”?

In the Presidential debate of 26th September, Hillary Clinton claimed that "Donald Trump said that global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese" . Trump replied several times "I did not say that"....
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Is forced organ donation widespread in China? (强制摘取犯器官的行为已经实施了?) [duplicate]

On December 10, 2018, Sir Geoffrey Nice made the following statement: The Tribunal’s members are all certain – unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting ...
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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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US trade deficit and the iPhone

CNBC has an article arguing that the way the US trade deficit with China is quite misleading, particularly as to the ultimate source of the deficit, using the iPhone as an example: Some $70 billion ...
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Is China placing advertisements seeking to influence the upcoming American mid-term elections?

As stated here and in numerous other places, “We found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration,” Trump said ...
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Are 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities put into political camps

Reuters: Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political ...
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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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Does boiling water with solid silver kill germs?

I was in China recently, and the tour guide mentioned that in some parts of China, the water quality is not good (due to pollution). To get around this problem, some locals used solid silver and ...
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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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Did a man jump to his death after too much shopping?

According to a news article, Man commits suicide after girlfriend refuses to quit shopping, a man in China jumped to his death after his girlfriend insisted on going to one more shoe outlet after an ...
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Did Pakistan ever request China to market JF-17s to Bangladesh?

Pakistan requests JF-17 sale to Bangladesh BDMiIitary.com learnt that the Pakistani authorities have requested their Chinese partners to sell JF-17 Thunder light combat aircraft to the Bangladesh ...
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Are Chinese companies hiring “developer cheerleaders”?

I think the source for this is this Trending In China Facebook post: Internet companies across China are embracing programming cheerleaders, pretty, talented girls that help create a fun work ...
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Did Pakistan supply an F-16 fighter jet to China for reverse engineering?

According to Bharat Karnad, in an opinion published in the Hindustan Times in 2017: PAF long ago passed on an F-16 to China for its aircraft designers to study and to reverse engineer many of its ...
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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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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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Did a woman go blind playing a mobile game?

This articles states: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/06/chinese-woman-blinded-one-eye-playing-game-likened-electronic/ The 21-year-old woman suddenly lost sight in her right eye after ...
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Did spaghetti originate in China?

From an English-speaking competition at Beijing in 2005, a contestant claimed that spaghetti came from China. The contestant said that Marco Polo lived in China for 20 years. He learned making ...
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Is Pakistan or China funding and assisting terrorist insurgents in Afghanistan?

According to Amrullah Saleh, Afghan State Minister for Security Reforms: we are fighting a terrorist group sponsored and assisted by a nuclear state sitting next to us Afghanistan has borders with ...
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Are Chinese authorities jailing, harassing, and torturing legal activists?

Reports suggest the authorities are not just jailing and harassing legal practitioners and their relatives, but also subjecting some of them to appalling torture. The Economist | Champions chained: ...
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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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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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Was a note from a Chinese political prisoner Ting Kun Ding found in a Primark sock?

There's an unsettling viral article / twitter happening doing the rounds at the moment, telling the story of a note apparently from a Chinese political prisoner, found in a sock bought in a branch of ...
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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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Did China say that war with the US over the South China Sea dispute is now a “reality”?

According to this article from the Daily Star, published on the 29th of January, 2017, CHINA has declared war with the US is now a “reality” as military commanders rallied their forces to be ...
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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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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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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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Are new born mice an available dish in Chinese restaurants?

A video of someone supposedly eating new born mice is currently doing the rounds on Facebook etcetera. Here is the video on Youtube. The Daily Mail showing this video states The footage is believed ...
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Are there ancient Chinese crossbows that can fire twice as far as a modern rifle?

The Terracotta Army crossbow that could shoot twice as far as a modern-day rifle: Archaeologists unearth 2,200-year-old weapon at historic Chinese site Historical texts indicate that its firing ...
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Are Falun Gong members killed and their organs harvested?

Documentaries like Hard To Believe and Human Harvest make the case that prisoners charged with being members of religious organisations not sanctioned by the Communist Party are killed for their ...
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Can China's “Quantum Satellite” transmit messages faster than light?

In the past days, the launch of a Chinese "Quantum Satellite" was widely reported in world news. Most articles seem to agree that the satellite is part of an experiment to demonstrate Quantum Key ...
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Did China plant 66 billion trees since 2003?

According to Factocoexist.com: Even though millions of acres of rainforest have disappeared around the world over the last decade, there are now more trees and other vegetation on the planet ...
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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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Is this video of harassment in an elevator staged?

The Huffington Post has reported on a video showing a man sexually harassing a woman and then getting beat up by her: http://m.huffpost.com/au/entry/9792076 It looks fake. For example the harasser ...
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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 years ...
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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 humans ...
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Is there any DNA evidence that show that Chinese discovered America before Columbus?

Gavin Menzies makes the claim that the Chinese discovered and settled in America, many centuries before Columbus and Europeans did. He based his claim on the DNA evidence: Close similarity between ...
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Do loopholes in the Great Wall face the China side?

There is a pseudoscientific theory popularized by Russian authors Fomenko and Nosovsky which, among other things, claims that the Great Wall of China had been built by peoples living to the north of ...
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Do 1.4 million Chinese people die each year because of air pollution?

This claim is made in an article published on december 18th on the online version of the French newspaper Le Monde. Des études scientifiques ont estimé que près de 1,4 million de Chinois meurent ...
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Is the Chinese “Sesame Credit” system a government propaganda tool?

The Sesame Credit system recently announced in China is making the rounds on social media, being touted as a tool of gamified government thought control. For example, this privateinternetaccess.com's ...
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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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Does breathing Beijing's air for one hour reduce life expectancy by 20 minutes?

I've just listened to this claim by a BBC journalist in Beijing: A recent study showed that even breathing this kind of air for an hour can reduce a person's life expectancy by 20 minutes. This ...
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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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Did China's “One Child Policy” cause or make worse parental gender bias in China?

It's widely reported (at least outside of China) that China's "One Child Policy" caused various forms of parental gender bias in China, such as gender-based abortions, infanticide or adoptions: The ...
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Do Chinese drivers intentionally hit to kill pedestrians (after injuring them)?

Disclaimer: the article actually contains a gruesome enumeration of cases, you might wish not to read it. According to Slate the Chinese law is: should you hurt someone (with a car?), you will ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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 ...