China’s economic data is poured over by analysts around the world, but many question the reliability of official statistics. Photo: Simon Song

China says industrial profits rose from 2.9 trillion yuan last year to 2.7 trillion yuan this year. Just don’t ask why

Constant tweaks to methodology – without any proper explanation – mean key set of official statistic is the latest to raise eyebrows among analysts

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China’s economic data is poured over by analysts around the world, but many question the reliability of official statistics. Photo: Simon Song
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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.