Planet China

Burning Contention

The Chinese media is describing it as a most heated debate – so scorching that it needed a call to the police to break it up. The argument, apparently over money, took place in the midday sun in Zhenjiang in Jiangsu earlier this month. In spite of temperatures of 35 degrees neither man – one surnamed Cheng, the other Zhang – would give any ground, while someone trying to mediate had his clothes torn in the emotionally-charged tussle. However, it would seem the weather won the day, as when policeman Wang Hu arrived on the scene he found that the deadlocked disputants had both passed out with heat stroke after 30 minutes of angry exchanges. An ambulance was called, leading netizens to declare the epic argument a draw.

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