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Around midnight on Thursday, we predict there will be a plane crash in China. We also predict it will be a 737 passenger jet. How come? Because in true gung-ho style, the Korean and Chinese governments have decided to test year 2000 compliance by sending up two 737s and changing the date mid-flight to the new millennium. And if they get it wrong and the planes crash, they've still got a month to get it right. You've got to admire their PR – while everyone in the West is producing reports and papers and charts, the East says "what the hell" and puts on a show. "There you go," the governments' representatives will hope to say, having wiped the sweat off their brow. "Told you it was hunky dory". Except they won't. Remember the truth about Y2K has only just started slipping out as people's consciences get the better of them. And the head of the most technologically advanced country in the Far East said but a fortnight ago that we are all going to die horribly horribly. We'll bring you more doom-laden predictions as they come in. ®

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