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China wants to examine statistical data more closely to curb fraud

FILE PHOTO: Copies of a pamphlet by the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog, are seen on a table during their news conference in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: Copies of a pamphlet by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog, are seen on a table during their news conference in Beijing, China January 15, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung Hoon

March 18, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will step up scrutiny of the country’s statistics agency and address “open issues” of data fraud and falsification, the Communist Party’s Anti-Corruption Inspection Unit said on Friday.

While the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has “resolutely investigated” and dealt with cases of violations of statistical discipline and laws in recent years, “the problem of statistical data fraud is still relatively prominent,” according to a statement from the Central Commission for Disciplinary Control ( CCDI).

The NBS releases China’s closely watched gross domestic product (GDP) figures, among other key data.

China has set an annual economic growth target of around 5.5% for this year, but economists have questioned whether the country can meet it amid mounting geopolitical challenges, global commodity price inflation and a zero-COVID policy that locks up supply chains .

Some regions created the “illusion of economic development” by falsifying data, and some local authorities issued secret orders to intervene in data manipulation.

Data fraud is found in more areas, including R&D funding rates, energy intensity and carbon intensity, which typically reflect the quality of economic and social development, the anti-graft watchdog said.

Energy intensity and carbon intensity indicate the amount of energy consumed and carbon emitted per unit of GDP and are used to measure the progress of a country’s campaign to combat climate change.

CCDI inspectors added that some local officials prioritize economic growth while ignoring other areas of economic development or trying to show their personal achievements through statistics.

The CCDI will carry out regular random checks on data quality and oversee the establishment of an accountability system between local authorities to prevent and penalize statistical fraud.

“We will relentlessly break the evil trends (of data falsification),” it said.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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