It said the main culprits were leaders of rural areas who inflated industrial production or concealed the real increases in population and the extent of capital investment. Reuter
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PEKING - China yesterday criticised local officials who fake statistics to gain privileges and promotion, hide their mistakes or obtain relief funds to which they are not entitled. In an angry front-page editorial, the People's Daily said the worsening phenomenon was damaging relations between the government and the people and cutting off national leaders from reality.