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China’s regional GDP data shows uneven growth and raises questions about credibility of the numbers

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
he weighted-average GDP growth for 30 Chinese provinces and administrative regions was 7.3 percent for the first half of 2016, compared to the national figure of 6.7 percent. “Local officials have incentives to inflate their figures,” said one analyst.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.

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