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Love the Motherland, Love Statistics


The next time anyone questions the reliability of Chinese statistics, they should first spare a thought for the sensitive, earnest souls who gather the data. The National Bureau of Statistics asked its employees to craft poems to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. 

Like Chinese growth surging beyond economists’ forecasts, their literary talents are sure to leave critics gasping for breath.

Here are three of the entrants in the poetry competition, “Statistics Affection: We Walk Together“.

by Yu Bo, statistician in Fujian province

Poor, Innocent
For the people, fill in the tables
True-to-facts, they can be relied upon
Ask for the source of numbers, say no to fakes
The whole nation moves forward, a blessing for people of all nationalities
For 60 years, strengthening the roots  of the Chinese nation