Watch VideoPlay Video
Economic development in western China has been behind the average level of the rest of the country due to historical, social and natural reasons.
Formed since 2000, the Western China Development strategy aims at promoting the overall development of the 12 provinces, regions and municipalities in western China. They accounts for over seventy percent of China's territory, but only 17 percent of China's GDP.
Major projects of the development include the construction of railways, airports, higher education infrastructure and returning some farmlands to forests. The strategy also includes transporting resources, and electricity and gas in regions to the east.
- Chinese leaders call for more efforts to develop west 2010-07-07
- Kashgar: Ancient city regains vitality 2010-07-07
- Urumqi peaceful on first anniversary of riot 2010-07-05