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Xinjiang develops with the motherland

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-01-2015 09:01 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

Since the peaceful liberation of Xinjiang in 1949 and the founding of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Oct. 1, 1955, the region has witnessed improved living standards, along with greater stability and development. Beijing is helping all Xinjiang's ethnic groups.

Upholding ethnic equality

Xinjiang in northwest China is a multi-ethnic region with 22.6 million people and 47 ethnic groups that account for 60 percent of its population. The lifeline of Xinjiang is unity of ethnic groups. Since its founding, the regional government has implemented an ethnic regional autonomy system, while  Xinjiang has entered a modernization stage.

Promoting economic development

In 2014, its gross regional product (GRP) reached RMB927.3 billion, a 116-fold increase over that of 1955 in real terms, with an average annual growth rate of 8.3 percent. Between the years 2010 and 2014, average annual growth rate of Xinjiang's GRP stood at 11.1 percent, ranking fourth among provinces and regions in the country.

Improving living standards

Xinjiang has enjoyed overall economic and social development that benefit various ethnic groups in the autonomous region.

Development of cultural undertakings

Xinjiang has attached much importance to culture, promoting the preservation of traditions, as well as modern culture to safeguard cultural rights and interests.

Maintaining social harmony

The Xinjiang Autonomous Region has strengthened its rule of law to punish terrorists to achieve harmonious social development. Over the past years, the three forces - ethnic separatism, religious extremism, and violent terrorism - working from bases inside and outside China have staged  terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and elsewhere.

Respecting religious beliefs

Religious affairs continue to enjoy harmonious coexistence among different religions in Xinjiang. Beijing respects its citizens' rights to believe in religion or not if that’s their choice.

The CPC (Communist Party of China) is developing Xinjiang. Over the past 60 years, the state's financial grants to Xinjiang have totaled nearly RMB1.7 trillion.

Today, Xinjiang, as a key region of the Silk Road Economic Belt, is a window on China's opening to the West, serving as a transportation hub linking Asia and Europe. It’s a center for business and trade, finance, cultural and scientific exchange, and medical services.

The Second Central Meeting on the Work of Xinjiang has formulated the strategy "to stabilize Xinjiang with multi-ethnic unity as a long-term goal." The Xinjiang people of all ethnic groups should seize this precious opportunity to stand together for more amazing historic achievements.

 

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