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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.

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