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Editor’s Note

Special April 1st competition issue

Last week was something of a milestone for WiC as it was the publication of our 100th issue. Since our launch in February 2009, we have published well over 2,000 articles, which we hope have enhanced your understanding of China. That’s because this week we intend to put that understanding to the test.

As most readers will be aware, there is a longstanding tradition in Western media of running a fake story on 1 April.

Given that this week’s WiC falls on that date, we’ve decided to include a fake story ourselves (i.e. one we’ve made up and that isn’t true). However, to make it more interesting we’ve also included a series of articles that, while true, will strike many readers as highly implausible. Regular readers of WiC will have become aware that China generates a number of such stories!

So are you smart enough to spot the fake? We’ll give away an iPad2 to a reader who can spot it. Entries must be received by Thursday April 7 and must state the headline of the article which you think is our fabrication. Send your entries to:

[email protected]

Those that get it right will be entered into a lucky draw, and the winner will receive an iPad2.

We’ll let you know which story was the genuine fake in the next issue.

Good luck,

Steven Irvine, Editor

Competition rules: One winner will be drawn at random from the list of those answering correctly. He/she will receive an iPad 16GB. All entries must be received by midnight Hong Kong time, Thursday April 7th. The winner will be notified within 3 working days. The competition is open to signed-up subscribers of WiC only. WiC’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


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