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Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China has seen great changes in the year since the riot in Urumqi left 197 people dead on July 5th, 2009.
Strategic plans were laid out at the central government's Xinjiang Development Work Conference in mid-May. This blueprint aims to achieve "leapfrog" development and lasting stability. Since then, authorities in different fields, as well as local governments around China, have been engaged in its implementation.
One year on, normal life has resumed in Xinjiang.
China's efforts over the past few months penetrate into every aspect of the Autonomous Region's development.
Because of Xinjiang's geographic location, communication is the first issue the central government is taking into consideration.
The Ministry of Transport has pledged to spend 50 percent of the total construction cost for building new roads.
The Ministry of Railways is preparing to spend more than 310 billion yuan by 2020 to expand train services by 8-thousand kilometers, thus covering 90 percent of the region's counties.
Domestic airlines will prepare to transport more passengers and commodities to Xinjiang to facilitate further development in the region. Six more airports will also be built.
New regulations on resource tax reforms took effect on June 1st. This makes Xinjiang the first region in the country to experience such changes.
The regulations provide a shift to taxing crude oil and natural gas by price, rather than volume. The policy aims to raise local revenue for the resource-rich area.
Military hospitals have begun to carry out plans to assist Xinjiang with medical staff training and expertise.
Several projects were launched to strengthen cultural heritage protection and cultural market supervision while also boosting the culture industry.
Local governments in China's 19 provinces and municipalities are involved in "pairing assistance" support projects, as well, to promote the development in the region.