Posted by: mulrickillion | December 23, 2011

Unenlightening statistics

China Daily, 2011-12-23 — Ambitious as it is, the National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) latest effort to gauge the country’s progress in its attempt to build a well-off society in an all-round way, will meet little enthusiasm from either the public or policymakers.

In a report issued on Monday, the NBS declared that China was well on its way to building an all-round well-off society, as its fulfillment was 80.1 percent in 2010, up about 2 percentage points annually since 2000.

Ostensibly, this report is meant to provide some useful information for the people and the government to understand the country’s pace of social and economic development.

However, in spite of the great lengths the statistical authorities have gone to explain this accomplishment, few people understand what the fulfillment figure is and what the report is really about. Certainly it provides no clear picture of the country’s progress toward building a well-off society. . . .

Unenlightening statistics|Opinion|chinadaily.com.cn

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