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Hong Kong reported $1.8-billion (U.S.) of Chinese imports in March – a fraction of the trade flowing in the other direction.
Hong Kong reported $1.8-billion (U.S.) of Chinese imports in March – a fraction of the trade flowing in the other direction.
(BOBBY YIP/REUTERS)

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One more reason to look askance at China data

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China’s trade figures have joined the country’s growing list of suspicious statistics. Exports to Hong Kong jumped 93 per cent year on year in March, according to IHS Global Insight, even as shipments to the rest of the world fell. Explanations range from benign to troubling. But however the aberration is resolved, it provides another reason to mistrust China’s official data.