China's "man-made" GDP
China's "man-made" GDPChinese netizens discuss the human costs behind economic growth in their country.
Labors work at a clothing factory on August 1, 2011 in Huaibei, Anhui Province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Rapid economic growth over the past few years has made China into the world's second largest economy. But a recent government report of 2011 GDP figures for China's 31 provinces has been criticised online for being "man-made" and perhaps too remarkable to be true.
Beijing's per capita GDP reportedly reached 80,394 yuan (US $12,447) in 2011, closing the gap with other powerful nations. However, some Chinese netizens point out that their nation's success has come at a high cost to society as they struggle with issues including income disparity, pollution and rising commodity costs.
Here are some of the highlights from the online conversation: