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Provinces across China are admitting to padding figures

Coming clean often leads to more central government subsidies

A worker operates at a construction site on a building in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The northeastern province admitted it had inflated its fiscal revenue.   © Reuters

BEIJING More local governments in China are admitting that they have faked economic data, and are moving to correct their doctored numbers. This growing trend comes in response to a major shift in Beijing's economic policy toward the quality of growth.

The governments of provinces and municipalities have an incentive to offer more accurate economic and fiscal statistics now that President Xi Jinping is prioritizing quality over quantity in economic policy.

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