Date
19 September 2017
A road project slices through Kashgar prefecture, Xinjiang. Beijing has come up with a plan to spur development in the southern part of the autonomous region. Photo: Xinhua
A road project slices through Kashgar prefecture, Xinjiang. Beijing has come up with a plan to spur development in the southern part of the autonomous region. Photo: Xinhua

Beijng focuses development lens on southern Xinjiang

China has drafted a tailor-made plan for the development of southern Xinjiang, where more than 75 percent of residents are Uyghur, the Beijing News reported Wednesday, citing Fan Hengshan, deputy secretary of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The plans for economic and social development take into account the region’s tough terrain and lower living standards, and cover issues from infrastructure and industrial upgrades to poverty reduction and environmental protection, the report said.

The blueprint is a follow-up to major decisions made at the two-day second central work conference on Xinjiang a fortnight ago.

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

President Xi Jinping has vowed to have “lasting peace and stability” and good governance in Xinjiang, saying the government will focus on jobs, education and poverty alleviation.

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