Closer Look: How Officials' Obsession with Statistics Drives Number Fudging
The falsification of statistics is not surprising news in China. In the most recent case of number fudging, statistics officials in Henglan County, Guangdong Province, vastly overstated local gross industrial output to an extent that was unusual even in a country where economic data is routinely massaged.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on June 14 that statistics officials in Henglan inflated the industrial output of 71 companies to 8.5 billion yuan from the actual 2.2 billion yuan. They were also accused of falsifying business data without the companies' knowledge.
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