Of­fi­cials told to stop fake data

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By REUTERS

Top of­fi­cials on Tues­day stressed the need to “pre­vent and pun­ish” fake gov­ern­ment statis­tics, an is­sue that has led some skep­tics to ques­tion whether ma­nip­u­lated data masks the coun­try’ s ac­tual eco­nomic con­di­tions.

A meet­ing of a top Party re­form group, chaired by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, said of­fi­cials must strengthen su­per­vi­sion over fraud­u­lent data and en­sure in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­port­ing over statis­tics, or­ga­ni­za­tions and per­son­nel.

“In­de­pen­dently en­sure that su­per­vi­sion au­thor­i­ties are not in­fringed upon, en­sure that all types of cases of man­u­fac­tured statis­tics are in­spected in a timely and ef­fec­tive man­ner, en­sure statis­tics are truth­ful, ac­cu­rate, com­plete and timely,” the group told of­fi­cials, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency.

“Pre­vent and pun­ish coun­ter­feit statis­tics” ac­cord­ing to law and Party dis­ci­pline, it said with­out spec­i­fy­ing the types of data or spe­cific agen­cies.

The main eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors, such as gross do­mes­tic prod­uct from lo­cal gov­ern­ments, rou­tinely hew close to of­fi­cial tar­gets, which has led some an­a­lysts to ques­tion their ac­cu­racy.

The Na­tional Bu­reau of Statis­tics has de­fended its data in the past, say­ing that crit­ics did not fully un­der­stand the ac­count­ing meth­ods that China uses and that au­thor­i­ties con­tin­u­ously re­fine the ac­cu­racy of fig­ures.

A se­ries of pro­pos­als were also passed at Tues­day’s meet­ing, such as mea­sures to boost the devel­op­ment of the mo­bile in­ter­net, en­hance the pro­tec­tion of the coun­try’s rivers and lakes, im­prove work safety and open up the el­derly care mar­ket to at­tract more pri­vate in­vest­ment.

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