A top education official in China risked his personal freedom by telling an inconvenient truth in public at an education conference: "The number of illiterate Chinese had grown by more than 30 million from 2000 to 2005." The current percentage of Chinese citizens who can't read or write is totally unknown, and could be anywhere from 8 percent to nearly a quarter of the population. The government promised to wipe out illiteracy, but has failed to divert resources from the massive boom in construction and manufacturing to support their claims. The solution? LIE, and just claim that Chinese people are the best educated in the world. Problem solved!