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A Boost for Xinjiang
Xinjiang is still less developed compared to the country's fast-growing eastern provinces. This embarrassing situation is expected to soon become a thing of the past. At the first work conference on Xinjiang held in May, China's Central Government put forward detailed targets for the region's development
Blueprint for a Prosperous Xinjiang

Now, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has become a new frontier for China's development strategy. A massive support package to help Xinjiang achieve leapfrog-like development was unveiled at a central work conference on the region's development—the first of its kind in 60 years—held in Beijing on May 17-19.

At the conference President Hu Jintao said that Xinjiang's development is a necessity to improve people's living standards and realize a moderately prosperous society in the region. Developing Xinjiang is also a strategic choice to deepen the Western Development Strategy and tap new sources of economic growth

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Hand in Hand
The Central Government recently unveiled a 10-year partner assistance program to power up the growth engine of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Sources of Support
Top leaders congregated to organize a progressive development scheme for China's most western region
- The Western Development Strategy
- Statistics of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
- Statistics of the Minority Areas in China
- China's Ethnic Policy and Common Prosperity And Development of All Ethnic Groups
- Development and Progress in Xinjiang
- Why Does China Adopt the System of Regional Ethnic Autonomy?
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Xinjiang Facts and Figures
Area: 1.66 million square km
Population: 21.59 million
Capital: Urumqi
Major Goals
- 2012: A basic medical and public health system, covering urban and rural residents, should be established.

- 2015: Xinjiang's per-capita GDP should catch up with the country's average level, and residents' incomes and access to basic public services should reach the average level of the country's western regions.

- 2020: Absolute poverty should be eliminated and a moderately prosperous society should be achieved.
Assistance Program Partners
Beijing Municipality—No.14 Division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), Hotan City, Hotan County, Moyu County and Lop County of Hotan Prefecture

—Kashgar City and Taxkorgan County—supply of financing, technologies, talent and management expertise

Henan Province—Hami Prefecture and No.13 Division of the XPCC—orchards, protected agriculture and reconstruction of dilapidated houses

Fujian Province—Six counties and cities in Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture—investments in the textile industry, social welfare and rural infrastructure
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