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Thursday, January 26, 2006

The 'John Smith' of China

From chinaview.cn:

100,000 Chinese share one name "Wang Tao"

www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-26

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- At least 100,000 Chinese people, about the population of a small city, share the same name -- "Wang Tao", probably the most common name in China.

These Wang Taos include both men and women, commoners and celebrities. The popular ones consist of a top ping pong player, at least two footballers, noted painters, photographers and an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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