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Junheng Li

China Is a Black Box of Misinformation

To this day, many Chinese people believe that Mao Zedong didn’t know millions of people were starving in the Great Leap Forward.

The agricultural production statistics were all rosy, a testament to the success of his new economic policy, while hordes of hungry masses migrated from province to province, chasing false reports of bumper crops. Thirty million or so people starved, in no small part because of the manipulation of economic data.