Date
12 December 2017
A Uighur woman walks through a market area in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The region has been plagued by ethnic and social unrest in recent years. Photo: Bloomberg
A Uighur woman walks through a market area in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The region has been plagued by ethnic and social unrest in recent years. Photo: Bloomberg

China to step up economic push in troubled Xinjiang

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top economic planning agency, will step up efforts to boost the development of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

Authorities will implement a host of policies aimed at enhancing employment, education and poverty reduction in the troubled northwestern Chinese region, the report said.

In the near term, the NDRC will focus on promoting economic and social development and improving living standards in southern Xinjiang, which has difficult geography and lower living standards, the agency was quoted as saying in a statement.

It vowed to speed up the building of major transport, water conservation and agricultural infrastructure.

All these actions will be taken to “continuously enhance equality of basic public services and make sure people of all ethnic groups enjoy the fruits of reform and opening up,” the NDRC said.

The statement came as part of follow-up moves to major decisions made at the second central work conference on Xinjiang, a two-day meeting which closed last Thursday.

The meeting was held in the wake of a series of bloody terrorist attacks in the region, including one in in May in an open air market in Urumqi which left 39 people dead and 94 injured.

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