China Stats Office Raps Local Government For Making Up Data
BEIJING (MNI) - China's National Bureau of Statistics accused a local government of forcing companies to report fabricated data in a warning Friday against intervening in data reporting.
The statistics office said local officials in Hejin city in central China's Shanxi province "prepared data and sent them to local companies via email and telephone, requiring those companies to report that data to the NBS."
The NBS said Hejin government intervention meant data reported by several local coal miners and aluminum producers were "seriously untrue."
The statistics office's rare public lashing of a local government followed its establishment last year of a system allowing firms to make direct online data submissions and bypass local government officials, who may be inclined to massage the numbers to burnish their reputations.
The sum of provincial GDP growth has typically been higher than the national number published by Beijing, raising questions among analysts inside and outside the government about the accuracy of Chinese data.
The NBS also said Friday that Yong'an, a suburb of Chongqing city in the southwest, has also been forcing companies to report data to the local government for approval before they are sent on.
The statistics agency warned that all local governments, companies and individuals to stop intervening in data reporting.
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