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China census called into question over 14m 'mystery' children

Puzzling birth numbers draw criticism over Beijing's family planning policy

School children in Beijing: The census figures show 14 million more children in the 0-14 age group than the underlying births for the corresponding years.   © AP

BEIJING -- Questions have been raised about the reliability of the latest demographic numbers out of China, with critics accusing the government of manipulating data while some officials scratch their heads over numbers that do not seem to add up.

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