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Datawatch

Night light images paint accurate picture of China GDP

Satellite data reveals where growth estimates are most inflated

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | China

LONDON -- When three Chinese local governments admitted to falsifying fiscal revenue figures in 2016, few economists expressed a great deal of surprise.

Recent corrections to gross domestic product data in some of the country's economic powerhouses have been interpreted as an attempt to compensate for previously inflated figures.

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