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
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
In the Sea of Numbers
by Yu Jiao, statistician in Zhejiang province
No beautiful languages
But endless calls day after day
No flowers or applause
But doubts and suspicion from others
No melting sceneries
But a bunch of dry numbers flowing
But, we keep on
As we know
It is our course
A course of heavy tasks and winding roads!
The pace of forward marching needs measurement by statistics
The take-off of the economy needs proof from statistics.