China adopted the Western Development policy in 2000, to boost the county's less developed western regions. The area comprises over 71 percent of China's territory, but only 28 percent of its population.
The main components of the strategy include developing infrastructure, attracting foreign investment, increasing environmental protection, education promotion, and the retention of high skilled labor from flowing to richer provinces. The State Council Information Office is set to hold a news conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the strategy.
The conference will be attended by Du Ying, the vice minister of National Development and Reform Commission, and Liu Xinle, vice-chairperson of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Also in attendance will be vice-mayor of Chongqing Municipality, Tong Xiaoping, and executive vice governor of Sichuan province, Wei Hong. The conference will introduce the achievements that western regions have made over the past ten years.
|Du Ying, the vice minister of National Development and Reform Commission.|