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How China can set the record straight about its GDP figures

Admitting to bigger quarterly ups and downs could highlight need for policy action

| China
Bad data produces bad decisions.    © Reuters

Given its trade war with the U.S. and slowing domestic activity, many economists anticipate that China will report its first quarter of growth below 6% in 29 years in the period that ends December 31.

While the pace of expansion has been on a long, slow decline, what has stood out most about China's gross domestic product figures in recent years is how unnaturally stable they have been.

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