Man bets official $32,000 he won’t swim China’s polluted Ruian river

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A Chinese entrepreneur from Zhejiang offered a senior official of the local Communist Party about $32,000 to swim in a polluted river for 20 minutes.

“If the environmental protection bureau chief dares to swim in [Ruian’s] river for 20 minutes, I will pay [him]200,000 yuan,” Jin posted on Weibo, the South China Morning News reported.

Voice of America reported in January that up to 40 percent of China’s rivers are seriously polluted.

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