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Chinese local governments rush to admit fake data

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 -- A growing number of Chinese local governments are owning up to having faked economic data and are moving to correct their doctored numbers, responding to a major shift in Beijing's economic policy toward the quality of growth.

One incentive for the governments of provinces and municipalities to offer more accurate economic and fiscal statistics has come from the administration of President Xi Jinping, which has switched to a quality-over-quantity economic policy.

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