As China growth flags, analysts weigh alternative indicators

China has soared almost to the top of the world's economic league tables, but as growth flags there is increasing scepticism about official statistics and a fierce debate over alternative indicatorsAs once-stellar growth rates start to dip, watchers of China’s mammoth economy worry that it could be worse than it looks because the official figures might not be telling the whole story. Leaked US diplomatic cables show that as the top official in Liaoning province in 2007, he told the then-US ambassador that such data was “man-made” and thus unreliable.

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