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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, Donald Trump did call climate change a Chinese hoax. He later claimed that this was a joke: Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form ...


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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 make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Source: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385 Even before that, he made substantially ...


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This claim can actually be tested very easily. Others have done it, e.g. Brian Dickerson: The perils of repeating political nonsense and came to the conclusion that the claim was wrong. You just need the chance a random person from a large group has a genius level IQ, then multiply it with the number of people in China and compare the result with the number ...


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I agree with @RedGrittyBrick's negative answer to the strict interpretation of @Carlo_R's question, i.e. whether reading Classical Chinese is no more difficult than reading modern Chinese for a person educated in modern-day China. However, I think that the question, in spirit at least, admits a looser, but still interesting interpretation, that is "Whether ...


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...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 world's reserves of such metals. The US Geological Survey mineral commodity summary for 2017 for rare earths gives China's 2016 rare earth's production at 105,...


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The following is accurate according to a scientific report published in Nature: Nature 525, 367–371 (17 September 2015) The contribution of outdoor air pollution sources to premature mortality on a global scale doi:10.1038/nature15371 Received 10 May 2014 Accepted 27 July 2015 Published online 16 September 2015. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v525/...


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Can Chinese people read the literature of 2,500 years ago as easily as yesterday's newspaper? No Simplified Chinese The communist government of China changed the writing system to a simplified form. Consequently, Chinese people educated in communist china cannot easily read Chinese material written in pre-communist times or in non-communist regions†. The ...


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"[T]raining...to drink more responsibly," is not an accurate summary of the grant's use, as the summary does not include the central topic of the grant, which was the study of and mitigation of AIDS transmission. Dr. Li’s project will develop, implement and evaluate a venue-based alcohol and HIV risk reduction intervention center for establishment-based ...


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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" (Nationalist Republic of China aka Taiwan did and does the same)or 1951: Joseph Newman: "A New Look at Red China" Washington: U.S. News & World Report, 1971. (...


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It's likely a scam: Apple's products have fixed prices and, for example, a MD711CH costs around 1000US$ in China: Also, there is a large "fakes" industry in China. They even have tons of fake Apple stores!


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King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of criminals sentenced to death, to commit suicide by decapitating themselves. Unfortunately, Wikipedia did a poor job in translating Shiji. As pointed out by the OP and Wikipedia, the exact corresponding sentence in Chinese (second sentence of second ...


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The Ming period Great Wall, which is the impressive one that tourists visit, generally has battlements on the north side, and parapets on the other so that the guards don't fall off. At Mutianyu, indeed, there are loopholes on both sides. However, even at Mutianyu, the crenels are often only on the north side, as you can see in this photo: Tourist websites ...


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This article claims that in 2010, the "Bill Of Material" for the cheapest MacBook Air was $718. So if, for example, Foxconn decided to buy some extra parts and do an extra shift to produce some MacBook Airs on their own and sold them at cost, they would cost $718. The Bill Of Materials has probably gone down since then, but even so there is no way that a ...


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Foxconn did indeed install "suicide nets". And they worked. It's a well known fact that many people wanting to commit suicide are not thinking straight and can be stopped if anything interferes with their plans. Taking an action that saves lives when it is obvious that this action is opening the company up to attacks by all internet trolls is surely ...


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The article refers to the northbound Zhuozhou Toll Gate at the G4 motorway just south of the Beijing city boundary. As you can see on the aerial photography from Google Maps, at this location, the G4 motorway has 8 lanes (4 in each direction): https://www.google.de/maps/@39.5485894,116.0341314,675m/data=!3m1!1e3


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Tl;dr: Are horns like this known to grow on human heads? Yes. Is this woman's horn in the category known to grow? No idea. Below is documentation demonstrating that these horns do, indeed, grow on people. One can view Google image results for "cutaneous horn" and see similar formations on humans (though this one is on the larger side). What I found below ...


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"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 Moon is a beautiful sphere, mostly white, some blue and patches of yellow, and every once in a while some green vegetation," said Alan Bean, Apollo 12 astronaut....


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There is no convincing evidence he did not go, and such hypotheses are currently considered historical revisionism. The hypothesis was entertained, at an academic level, by Frances Wood in the book "Did Marco Polo go to China?" However, the evidence presented is far from convincing and there's a pretty good rebuttal from Igor de Rachewiltz in an article ('...


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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 preparing to sue the chemical company. The farmer didn't need to rely on his own legal expertise since he had a lawyer. Short version The factual background about a ...


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This appears to be false. The Wikipedia entry mentions the relevant law as being the 2006 Regulations on Internet Email Services. According to this report from Epsilon International and this one from Benchmark Email, the penalty for violating the law is a fine of CNY 10000 (roughly USD 1600 or EUR 1200) per email. The fine can be tripled if the case ...


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Probably as true as "American companies hire massagers for developers". As in very few do it (Google). As for your question on better sources, I found https://gizmodo.com/startups-in-china-are-hiring-women-as-programmer-motiv-1825529335 It remains to be seen how widespread programmer motivators are in China, but the Times noted that a job search site run ...


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It appears that the story may be an invention or at least a massive exaggeration. Greg Blandino, an expatriate living in China, examines the claims and the video evidence. I only watched one of the videos because frankly I don't want to watch people being run over. The one I watched was the "wealthy young man reversing his BMW X6" and running over a ...


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The internet is full of reports on the phenomena, as well as many images. A simple Google image search for "live fish keychain" or "live turtle keychain" will give you many different images of such keychains. As well I've found those two Youtube movies showing the animals (not a slide of pictures): A live goldfish A small turtle As well as the article that ...


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Yes. The Huffington post has a story about it, which cited two Chinese sources (source 1 source 2). The Chinese sources are in Chinese so I can't read them, but it also links to a collection of photos from the accident (might be slightly too graphic for some). The same story is also reported in several other news sites: The Daily Mail China Smack The ...


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The article titled Lichenometric dating and the nature of the excavation of the Huashan Grottoes, East China says in its Highlights section, The period of excavation of Huashan Grottoes have been determined to be 450–335 yr BP [or the middle and late Ming Dynasty (1552–1667 AD)] The purpose of exploration is the tremendous demand for stone materials. ...


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If we assume the Chinese to be average in dying due to air pollution, we can use global WHO estimates to assess how realistic this claim is. WHO: 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution: 25 March 2014 | Geneva - In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths ...


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Due to the difficulty of performing research on this topic, all the sources cited in this answer derive from anti-government sources, as the extent of censorship in China makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain information from official sources. While it is impossible to prove that nobody executed during the 1989 Tiananmen protests had bullet ...


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In A Source Book on Chinese Philosophy, Wing-Tsit Chan remarks of Chuang Tzu (page 177), All this is a direct product of his concept of Nature. To him, Nature is not only spontaneity but nature in the state of constant flux and incessant transformation. This is the universal process that binds all things into one, equalizing all things and all opinions. ...


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This claim is difficult to evaluate in part because there are too many different variables at play. Fundamentally the reporter is quoting a statement by Richard Muller, Scientific Director of Berkeley Earth who said the following in a press release in conjunction with a publication on air pollution in China: When I was last in Beijing, pollution was at ...


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China holds 95% of the world production of Rare-earth Elements When the letter says... The rare metals [...]. More than 85% of the world’s supply comes from China ...I believe the author means Rare-earth Elements/Rare-earth Metals. REMs are necessary elements in the production of electronics, computer chips of all kinds, computer/phone displays, solar ...


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