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For years, world governments and multinational companies have fretted over the quality of China’s economic statistics. The recent launching of a Communist Party investigation into Wang Baoan, head of the National Statistical Bureau, on suspicions of corruption, has heightened those concerns.
As the world’s second largest economy, which has enormous sway on global markets, Chinese statistics are of great importance. Economists are now asking what prompted the government to launch the investigation only months after Wang had been vetted for this crucial job.
So far, it is not entirely clear why Wang has been targeted...
...Some analysts have suggested that the investigations could be related to his work before being appointed to the NSB. Whatever the reasons, the move is likely to affect the international confidence in Chinese statistics.
To remove the head of the statistics department for violations of party discipline just gives ammunition to those that doubt Chinese government statistics, and so the negative is clear,” said Jonathan Brookfield, professor in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the U.S. based Tufts University.
It is possible the government is trying to replace Wang with someone it can trust more. “Having one's own person there, I think, could be helpful in a number of ways,” Brookfield said while listing the benefits the government can derive from it.
“The net effect might be to downplay something unpleasant like a slowdown in economic growth,” he said.
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Following her electoral victory last month, KMT lawmakers have clashed on several issues with Tsai Ing-wen, who will be inaugurated as Taiwan’s first female president on May 20, and her Democratic Peoples Party. Among them, Tsai has been pushed to reveal her stance on the abolition of the death penalty.
While capital punishment remains relatively popular in Taiwan, Lin Hsin-yi, Executive Director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, has pointed out that none of the KMT lawmakers who attacked the DPP over the abolition of the death penalty have been reelected. For her, “this congress is more friendly to human rights.” What will this mean for the death penalty in Taiwan?
In early June 2015, six death row inmates were executed at four locations around Taiwan. The executions attracted some positive domestic attention but raised numerous concerns internationally. Taiwan has come under fire from international human rights organizations on several occasions for failing to adhere to procedural guidelines and for apparently using capital punishment for political purposes. Such accusations could amount to violations under international law but this could change with Tsai and the DPP, which has tended to support abolition.