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World Bank’s Malpass Weighed Changes That Threatened China Rank

Sept. 24, 2021, 1:04 PM

World Bank President David Malpass discussed altering the methodology of a high-profile report ranking countries’ business climates in ways that threatened to hurt China’s standing.

Those talks came more than a year before senior officials suspended publication of the report, which was ultimately quashedlast week after an outside audit cited pressure over an earlier edition by then-top official Kristalina Georgieva, now head of the International Monetary Fund.

David Malpass
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The discussions took place shortly after Malpass, a China critic while he served as the top Treasury international official under President Donald Trump, became World Bank chief in April ...

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