Beijing has tried to ensure data accuracy for policymaking, but there have been a number of cases of local governments reporting inaccurate data. Photo: EPA-EFE

China plans to tackle fraudulent data with harsh new penalties for local leaders and the help of AI

  • Beijing is amending its statistics law to crack down on fraudulent data that has caused some observers to question official economic statistics
  • The government has proposed harsh penalties for local leaders and outlined plans to deploy cloud computing and artificial intelligence to solve the problem
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Beijing has tried to ensure data accuracy for policymaking, but there have been a number of cases of local governments reporting inaccurate data. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.