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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 an email sent to subscribers that was circulated on Weibo. (I would have preferred to link directly to the email, but I am unable to find it due to language ...


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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 lander and ascender are waiting for a perfect timing for a soft landing, while the orbiter and returner will continue to fly around the moon and adjust to a ...


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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, and behavior correction". If they ever put out official figures for how many people have been admitted to the camps, I will edit this answer and make note of ...


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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 arcsecond. That translates into a diameter exceeding 100 meters (4,000 inches). And this behemoth would have to be in space, too, since atmospheric seeing limits even ...


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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 size of the Long March 5's payload fairing. The lander would cover about 0.0000001% of the surface. While we don't have a scale, I can safely say the dot is far, ...


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No, the Grayzone claim is demonstratably false. They write: Just days after the publication of Zenz’s paper, Pompeo issued a statement denouncing China’s alleged policy of “forced sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive family planning,” personally crediting “Adrian Zenz’s shocking revelations.” This is apparently the entire basis of their claim that &...


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There isn't enough evidence to prove either without a physical copy I couldn't find the original book's scanned copy nor can I find any other edition of this book made by the same three people. I also can't find any other screenshot of the part of the book that alleged to contain that content. But I found a declaration from the publisher of the book. Here ...


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According to the US Navy, yes. The CNN article references Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power and Dr. Andrew Erickson Professor of Strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) who writes in The Chinese Naval Shipbuilding Bookshelf... Sometime between 2015 and 2020, China’s Navy ...


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Well. Yes. But perhaps not 'to street vendors' for 'live animals'. And it was pigs, cattle and milk, not monkeys and rats. The claim in the current climate further implies that 'lab animals' are those that were experimented on – with viruses and other pathogens. However, the corresponding court verdict does not ascertain what experiments, if indeed any, ...


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It depends who you ask. The EU and the US have filed WTO actions claiming that China does that as prerequisite for allowing market access (typically in joint-venture form, another mandate of Chinese laws/regulations). E.g. the EU (DS549) WTO complaint says Pursuant notably to Articles 7, 11, 26 and 27 of the JV Regulation, details about the technology ...


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TL;DR: According to Chinese official reports, China has essentially eliminated local transmission. This is consistent with reports from international news (reporting widespread tourism in China) and academia (a mathematical model of the Chinese lockdown; researchers having to test vaccines in other countries). Up-to-date coronavirus news in China is in ...


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It seems to be a quote from Orson Scott Card's famous 1986 book "The Speaker For The Dead", one of the sequels to "Ender's Game", which was turned into a movie in 2013. I don't have the book at hand, so I can only quote from other websites. In the book, there is a quote from a (fictional?) "San Angelo's Letters to an Incipient ...


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The story seems plausible, except that this was a mob lynching, not anything ordered by Mao. The story originates from Alfreda Murck, "Golden Mangoes—The Life Cycle of a Cultural Revolution Symbol" Archives of Asian Art (2007) 57 (1): 1–21. Getting a glimpse, the boy thought the fruit looked like a somewhat shriveled sweet potato. He went home ...


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Rigorously verifying or refuting the claim seems rather difficult. It appears more likely that the anecdote is exaggerated, and not strictly true as stated. The most persuasive argument I found comes from a YouTube video, wherein three muscular men attempt to replicate this feat. Together, the three men made it 550 meters. Going up stairs was slow and ...


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It depends what you mean by "eliminated". It clearly has had (a lot) less than some countries following the massive lockdowns, but clearly it hasn't completely eliminated it... because more lockdowns followed, albeit on smaller scales. Jan 7, 2021: Chinese authorities are starting to lock down parts of a province neighboring Beijing after a spike ...


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Hard to say how common that sampling method is, but Reuters has a 2019 piece Switzerland-based Education First (EF), which runs 300 schools across 50 Chinese cities, has seen a “significant” increase in detentions in China for alleged offences including drugs, fighting and cybersecurity violations, according to a June 27 internal notice sent to employees ...


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According to a Nov 17, 2020 "addendum" paper by Shi et al. published in Nature, the conserved serum samples from those miners were recently retested and do not test positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies: Between 1 July and 1 October 2012, we received 13 serum samples collected from 4 patients (one of whom was deceased) who showed severe respiratory ...


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Hard to say for sure; probably yes to some extent. While one can find articles even in the Global Times on sex toys for women, at least back in 2016, there seems to be a less tolerant attitude among censors more recently, as reported by NYT in 2019: Not long after Ms. Zhao moved back to China in 2015, she started Yummy, whose app features an online shop ...


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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, no, China has not provided the US with ~2.5 billion masks. This article clearly shows the records of the imports, with mask imports from China actually decreasing by 20% from February, 2019. Interestingly, it is actually quite the opposite with the US providing China with ~$15 million worth of masks than usual. ...


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While the BI article, which I've partially edited into the question to reinforce the claim, indeed agrees that Much of the theory about a lab leak is based on the proximity of those research labs — the Wuhan CDC and the Institute of Virology — to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, the wet market previously thought to be the outbreak's origin point. That'...


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OurWorldInData includes China on a long list of countries for which it could not find official data for testing performed. They note as of 05 May 2020: we are not aware of any figures relating to the whole of China. There is some data relating to parts of China, for instance press releases concerning testing in Guangdong province.


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The German magazine Der Spiegel has in between posted a follow-up article with a denial from WHO. The original article published on May 8th contains a paragraph stating that BND (the German Federal Intelligence Service) has knowledge about a phone call on January 21st between Xi Jinping, President og China and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General ...


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Note that Li was mostly doing (and was famous for) genetic engineering rather than anything infectious. More from the Nature piece that LangLangC alas quoted only a little bit: A Chinese court has sentenced leading animal-cloning researcher Li Ning to 12 years in prison. The ruling comes more than 5 years after he was arrested for allegedly embezzling ...


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The Official Trump Campaign Store does not sell banners, nor has ever sold banners pertaining to the 2020 election. There are, however, sign posts with the described design. According to the FAQ "All of our products are 100% proudly made in the USA." Now, If you're talking about all merchandise, the company that bought the rights to print Donald Trump ...


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