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By Huang Xitian and Xue Xiaodong

On Oct. 5, 2020, a video showing a rocket bursting into flames seconds after takeoff was posted on Facebook with a sarcastic caption that reads “Chinese rocket is the №1 in the world.”

The video has been viewed 48,000 times with 1,500 engagements and close to 500 shares. On Twitter, the same video with a similar caption has been shared widely as well. Users’ comments suggest many of them believe the rocket was made in China.

The claim is misleading. The rocket in the video was actually developed in Japan by a startup company Interstellar Technologies. …

Xitian HUANG

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