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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 criminals ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 guilty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...