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China's regional economic data moving closer to reality

Cities and provinces fix inflated numbers amid easing pressure to deliver growth

Apartment blocks are seen in smog on the outskirts of Tianjin. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for paying more attention to the quality rather than the quantity of growth, urging a focus on protecting the environment and addressing poverty.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- More Chinese regional governments are taking steps to remedy chronic fabrication of economic statistics, removing political incentives for book-cooking.

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region admitted to inflating its 2016 fiscal revenue by 53 billion yuan ($8.37 billion at current rates) -- a quarter of the reported total -- and industrial output by 290 billion yuan, or 40% of the total. The region's gross domestic product data will likely be adjusted as well.

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