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China issues an array of economic statistics

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES / April 30, 1981



Peking

China published its most detailed economic statistics to date, disclosing a 7 .5 percent rise in urban cost of living last year and a rise of nearly 7 percent in its equivalent of gross national product. An official communique on the 1980 national plan said China now had 982.5 million people, 11.6 million more than in 1979.

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The communique disclosed a string of industrial problems, including urban unemployment, falling energy production, overburdened transportation, and slow and inadequate returns on investment in capital construct ion.