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Image of WWII-era newspaper circulates alongside false claims of Trump plan to bomb Scarborough Shoal

Published on 12/08/2020 at 09:30

An image has been shared in multiple Twitter and Weibo posts that claim that it shows Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reporting in late July 2020 that US President Donald Trump planned to bomb an island in the South China Sea. The claim is false; the image actually shows a Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper from December 1941, published during World War II.