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China sparks suspicion as it holds release of statistics

Concealment added to whispers that Beijing doctors figures

BEIJING -- China is suspending the release of some economic statistics, provoking suspicion that it is concealing some inconvenient truths. The conjecture comes on top of long-standing accusations that China's figures are perhaps not that accurate.

A case in point is the Guangdong provincial government's monthly purchasing managers index, which covers local manufacturers. It is released separately from the PMI compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics.

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