China tastes stupendous success in its western region policy

BEIJING, Nov 12:Li Ziabin, deputy director of the office of the leading group under the state council for the development of the west, said that China has achieved a 9.6 per cent growth rate in the first nine months of this year, ever since it adopted a policy for the development of its western region.

Addressing a press conference, Li informed that the gross domestic product (GDP) of the western region of China in the year 2000 was 8.5 per cent whereas it reached 8.7 per cent in 2001.

There are 11 provinces, self-governed areas and municipalities including the self-governed Tibet in the western region of China. The region covers an area of 6.85 million square kilometres and has a population of 364 million.

“China has achieved relentless success under its policy of developing the western region,” Li said, adding “The strategy, taken by the central government, has fortunately helped the western region achieve great economic growth and loan for the past three years.”

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President Jiang Zemin had, in the year 1999, ordered the party to take the policy of developing the western region as a strategy. Following this, a wide campaign “Let’s go West” was conducted by the party.

The central government has invested an amount over RMB 260 billion to develop the western region, of which RMB 200 billion was invested on the development of physical infrastructure, RMB 50 billion for tourism reformation and RMB 10 billion was invested on social works.

The development of physical infrastructure has met with great progress as can be observed in the innumerable large scale projects under construction. There are 36 projects carried out with an investment of over RMB 600 billion in this region. The Quinghi, West-East Gas Line Project, West-East Power Transmission Project, Hydro Juction and Trunk-Line Highway are among these projects.

The Chinese government has stressed on the development of not only large physical infrastructure but also taken note of the environmental preservation of the area.

The government has concentrated on the productivity of the rural farmers and improving their life standard. The rural areas are now reaping the benefits of railways, radio and television.

(Originally published here.)

The Kathmandu Post

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