Baghdad, capital city of Iraq, put forward a de facto coup, as protestors showed their rages in parliament. It was a total mess and chaos, as politicians have been found manhandling each other.
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr led the protestors to take the parliament into storm. It clearly shows that Iraq’s internal politics is fragile. Undoubtedly, this tensed situation is a concern or the integrity of the country.
Not just politically led protest, this could also been seen as an outrage against corruption. Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, has recognized the problem and rooted out corruption.
In China, the website of the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection (CCDI), one of the tools of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, announced that 313 National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) employees had been found guilty of providing data for financial gain.
The NBS bureaucrats allegedly took money for providing internal information in violation of agency rules. The watchdog has demanded the funds – totaling almost $US500,000 – be returned, and more arrests may still be forthcoming. In the recent past, a high-ranking official in the NBS was detained on similar charges but this latest investigation suggests the data manipulation goes all the way to the bottom.
At a time when China’s economic growth appears to be slowing – and may well have stopped completely – there is obvious incentive for officials to deliver positive growth statistics.
While manipulated data may be useful for Beijing, buying it some breathing room, this particular game cannot go on forever given how connected the Chinese industrial machine is to the world economy. No amount of falsified figures can hide a slowing economy the size of China’s forever.