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China statistics chief says regional economic data inflated

Rare acknowledgment brings national GDP figures into question

BEIJING -- Some of China's local governments are bumping up economic data, Ning Jizhe, director of China's National Bureau of Statistics, wrote Thursday in the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

A committee headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October approved reforms to boost the accuracy of economic data. In a rare acknowledgment of the country's problem with inflating figures, Ning criticized those responsible for breaking the law and going against the party's principles.

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