China Watch Blog has learnt that China’s national statistics bureau is sick of being lied to, and it’s not going to take it anymore.
On Thursday, the National Bureau of Statistics posted a statement on its website saying Luliang County in Yunnan Province had hugely inflated its industrial output figures and fixed-asset investment.
According to the statement, after a spot check of 25 industrial firms in the county, the bureau found that the local government had submitted data showing the companies’ output for the first six months of the year was 2.74 billion yuan (US$0.44 billion), 2.5 times larger than its actual size. A check of the 2012 numbers of 28 firms found that the 6.34 billion yuan worth of output the county reported for the year was 2.2 times larger than reality. And a survey of 13 investment projects found that of the 210 million yuan worth of completed investment reported by the local government, only 20 million yuan was real.
It’s the second time in recent months that the agency has outed a county government for having fudged the numbers. In June, it publicized the transgressions of Henglan, a town in Guangdong Province, which inflated 2012 output by four times the actual figure.
The problem is clearly more widely spread than two locations. After launching a review into how it collects data from companies around the country — a process that involves companies submitting information online — the bureau found that a number of local governments were circumventing what was supposed to be an independent process.
“Some governments compile fake corporate data themselves, some ask companies to submit fake data, some fill in the data on behalf of the companies,” bureau chief Ma Jiantang said in a statement in late June. “This sort of behavior…prejudices efforts to raise the authenticity of statistics.”If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal