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Liaoning Government Admits False Growth Data from 2011-14

By Fran Wang
Workers prepare to move steel rods in a Dalian Special Steel Co. factory on May 26. Chen Qiufa, the governor of Liaoning province, has admitted that provincial financial data from 2011 to 2014 was fabricated. Photo:Visual China
Workers prepare to move steel rods in a Dalian Special Steel Co. factory on May 26. Chen Qiufa, the governor of Liaoning province, has admitted that provincial financial data from 2011 to 2014 was fabricated. Photo:Visual China

(Beijing) — The governor of Liaoning province, the only area in China in a recession, now says three years of recent economic figures were inflated — a rare official confession of data fabrication that has long been suspected and criticized.

The disclosure came after a large number of officials in the province, including ex-provincial party chief Wang Min, fell last year on a vote-rigging scandal.

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