The Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said in a statement on Monday that Inner Mongolia and Jilin had cooked some of their figures, the South China Morning Post reports. But the CCDI did not elaborate on the scope or time span of the falsification. The revelation comes just a few months after officials in Liaoning, a rust-belt province neighboring Jilin and Inner Mongolia, were exposed for falsifying economic data from 2011 to 2014. Liaoning reported a rare economic contraction of 2.5% last year. Inner Mongolia, a major source of coal, reported a 7.2% rise in its gross domestic product last year, while Jilin grew 6.9%. Both beat the national average of 6.7% last year. The crackdown on fraudulent data reflects Beijing’s desire for reliable information for setting the overall economic direction. The Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms headed by President Xi said in October that it would raise the standard of economic data.
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