The result is not surprising to China but to USA:

♢Recently China government bans IMO training in schools.

♢Obama was surprised that the USA IMO team consists of predominantly Chinese American students.

IMO Math is like ‘Acrobatics’ to real ‘Kung-fu’, it is not real Math education, but special ‘cute’ techniques to solve tough ‘known’ solution problems. Real Math is long R&D solving problems with UNKNOWN solution (eg. Fermat’s Last Theorem, Riemann Conjecture,…)

2 types of Math: **Algorithmic ** or **Deductive (演绎)**. Chinese long traditional ‘abacus’ mindset, procedural computational Math is Algorithmic, applied to special cases (eg. astronomy, calendar, agriculture, architecture, commerce,…). European Greek’s Euclid deductive, step-by-step axiom-based proofing, is theoretical, generalized in all cases (Geometry, Abstract Algebra,…)

Look at the Fields Medal (aka ‘Nobel Prize’ of Math) super-power – France – which has produced 1/3 of the Fields Medalists, but performing so-so in IMO. In contrast, China has **ZERO** Fields Medalists, albeit dominating IMO championship for more than 2 decades!

**IMO 2015:**

https://www.imo-official.org/results.aspx

**USA 1st,**

**China 2nd,**

South Korea 3th,

North Korea 4th,

Vietnam 5th,

Australia 6th

Iran 7th

Russia 8th

Canada 9th

**Singapore 10th ** [2012 Individual World’s Champion ]

Ukraine 11th

Thailand 12th

Romania 13th

**France 14th**

…

United Kingdom 22th

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