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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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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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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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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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Do 1.4 million Chinese people die each year because of air pollution?

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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Are these suppliers providing Macbook Pros for only US$230?

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 ...
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Does China have motorways with 50 lanes, or at least with 20?

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 ...
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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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Do loopholes in the Great Wall face the China side?

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, ...
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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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Does Apple install suicide prevention nets at their Chinese factories?

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 ...
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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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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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Are these suppliers providing Macbook Pros for only US$230?

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 ...
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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 have the death penalty for spammers?

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 ...
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