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Did Donald Trump say that "global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese"?

He did write this on his twitter feed[archived] The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. See also politifact: Yes, ...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The gross emissions numbers are essentially accurate Here's a chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency have similar values, but ...
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Did Donald Trump say that "global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese"?

Yes, he absolutely said that. You can still read it on his Twitter feed, in fact, where in November of 2012 he said: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to ...
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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab?

Biological and genetic analysis of the virus suggests that the virus evolved naturally, i.e. was not "made in a Chinese lab". However, as Lang Lang's answer notes, it is arguably premature ...
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Does China control 85% of the supply of rare metals used in lithium batteries?

...but China only has 37% of the world's reserves Michael Karnerfors has provided evidence that China produces 95% of the world's rare earth elements. However, China does not hold that much of the ...
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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

This event happened in late January, but not in Wuhan. The restriction was imposed on the accommodation of someone who had been to Wuhan. It was soon seen by the government as an over-reaction, and ...
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Did the Wuhan Institute of Virology engage in coronavirus gain-of-function research?

With the specific question and definitions provided, and a fairly broad definition of "engaged in"? Yes. We even have a published paper. https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3985 A paper ...
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Did GitHub collaborate with Chinese authorities to remove the “#2020 nCov memory” page on GitHub?

The Hong Kong Free Press reports The administrators of 2019nCoVMemory — another GitHub coronavirus archive — made the “protective” move to restrict access to its site to members only, according to ...
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Is Huang Yanling (a Wuhan virology researcher) the world's first COVID-19 patient?

There is simply no basis to the rumor that Huang Yanling ever had Covid or was even in Wuhan in 2019. The official line from the WIV and Chinese government is that she left Wuhan in 2015. In response,...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The first point of the question about the actual emissions statistics has already been answered but let me add some information relevant to the second point Secondarily, is it the implied claim that ...
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Did China's Chang'e 5 land before November 30th 2020?

Edit at 2nd Dec 2020: Now It has actually landed! On the 30th November 2020 at 08:09 the CGTN, which is China's state broadcaster, reported as follows (emphasis mine) The mission team said the ...
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Did the Wuhan Institute of Virology engage in coronavirus gain-of-function research?

Actually, the main/corresponding author (Ralph Baric) of the paper cited in Barden's answer as evidence for "yes" argued in press statements quoted in the Washington Post that the answer is &...
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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

You will be able to find way more sources and direct video evidence if you know Chinese. In the first two clips in the article, you can hear the filmers were talking about the coronavirus outbreak ...
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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?

No, it wasn't one case, but an outbreak. That appears to have been a misinterpretation of the claim. Fortune put the outbreak at 'about 150' COVID-19 cases. The size of the disruption to supply chains ...
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Are 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities put into political camps?

Source 1: Official Chinese figures The Chinese government has admitted the existence of these camps, claiming that they are for "anti-extremist ideological education, psychological correction, ...
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The Arizona Election Recount 2021: Would Chinese paper prove there was an election fraud?

No. This is a logical fallacy of the form: some men are tall, you are tall, therefore you are the man who stole $20 out of my wallet because because I think I'm supposed to have $20 more. There's a ...
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Does China have no homeless people?

According to the following photos (Anti-homeless spikes: ‘Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city’s barbed cruelty’), there are probably homeless people: (at least until 2015-2018 -- the article ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) "depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics"?

Haven't yet located an actual school book from that time. But this is in line with old territorial claims of China, thus not really tying this "tradition" to either Tibet or "Red China&...
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Did China's Chang'e 5 land before November 30th 2020?

So how big a telescope would it take to see a moonwalker? To get less than 2-meter (6-foot) resolution when the Moon is closest, we’d need a telescope able to resolve angles as small as 0.001 ...
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Does China have no homeless people?

There are homeless people in China. For example, this video creator is a homeless man in the suburbs of Hangzhou and living in an abandoned villa. After neighbors called the police, he provided his ID ...
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Did a Chinese farmer spend 16 years learning law so he could sue a chemical company?

tl;dr- This appears to be based on a true story, however the overall narrative seems pretty misleading. In particular: The farmer wasn't a one-man crusade. The farmer didn't spend 16 years ...
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In July 2022, did China have more nuclear weapons than Domino's Pizza locations?

Actually, I found the answer while writing the question. I'm going to declare this: probably false in July 2022 (when the video was released), but it was probably true back in early 2021; this is due ...
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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab?

It is still too early to definitively tell. We do not know its origin for sure. We have neither any hard evidence for nor anything good against this claim. What we do have is a few plausibility ...
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Did the grandson of John Rabe receive medicine from China during the start of COVID?

tl;dr summary: Partially False but close to a true event. There is an official press release by the City of Heidelberg about an event that sounds close to this claim True The City of Nanjing donated ...
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Did China's Chang'e 5 land before November 30th 2020?

No That is somebody superimposing an extremely large dot over a video of the Moon... or perhaps a concrete wall. The scale is quite wrong The Chang'e 5 decent module is, at most, 5 meters wide; the ...
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In February 2020, did Tencent release accurate statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus that were 10 times the official figures?

The Tencent screenshot is almost certainly a hoax, for the simple reason that such screenshots are extremely easy to fake. For example, here's how easy it is to get a "screenshot" of the New York ...
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?

"Space" and "visible" are poorly defined, but the broad question has been widely addressed already. Can you see it from the Moon, with a naked eye? No: NASA "The only thing you can see from the ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

I want to provide a partial answer, with a "kind of, but not directly" to summarize. This is more to provide the resources and evidence I've found so hopefully this can be answered ...
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Does China have no homeless people?

I searched out the Ministry of Civil Affairs documents 《2022 年民政事业发展统计公报》 (and similarly for other years) wherein we have statistics for the number of homeless shelters and how much they're utilized ...
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Are 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities put into political camps?

This BBC report covers a Chinese official explaining that "education centres" are necessary to prevent terrorism. Another BBC report describes how new prison complexes in the area have been ...
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