West China Development

West China Development

The western part of China is home to one-third of the country's administrative provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. It covers an area of 5.4 million square meters and has a population of more than 280 million, accounting for 56 percent and 23 percent of the national total, respectively.

West China Development is a drive launched by the central government in 2000 to promote social and economic progress in the central and western parts of the country, which are relatively less developed than the rest of the country.

The campaign covers nearly 400 million people living in Chongqing Municipality, Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province, Yunnan Province, the Tibet Autonomous Region, Shaanxi Province, Gansu Province, Qinghai Province, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

By injecting financial aid and offering favorable policies, the State wants to speed up infrastructure construction, industrialization and poverty eradication in these areas. Officials, technicians and other qualified talents have been dispatched from the eastern regions to lend a hand.

On June 17, 1999, former President Jiang Zemin put forth guidelines to accelerate the west's development. He stressed the importance of coordinated development between all areas, including the population, resources, environment, economy and society. He also stressed that development should be achieved in steps through domestic and overseas capital as well as technical personnel.

On March 5, 2000, then-Premier Zhu Rongji stated in a government work report that developing the west is of great significance to China's domestic demand and promotes sustained growth of the national economy, resulting in a common prosperity for all.

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