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Xinhua: Liaoning Province Admitted Forging Economic Statistics

Xinhua recently reported that Liaoning Province officially admitted faking its official GDP data from 2011 to 2014. The governor of the province, Chen Qiufa, reported the government’s wrong-doing in his formal speech to the provincial congress. The Communist Party’s central inspection team in Liaoning pointed out some related issues in 2014. The Chinese National Audit Office also found similar problems in its 2013 audit report. However, experts expressed the belief that the root cause of the data-forging issue across the nation was the direct and tight association between the GDP numbers and the government officials’ promotion opportunities. The public is looking forward to the follow-up steps of identifying the individuals who performed these illegal activities.

Source: Xinhua, January 18, 2017