Chinese central government to step up support for Xinjiang: senior leaders

08:29, March 31, 2010      

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The Chinese central government on Tuesday pledged more support for Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in achieving prosperity and stability.


A meeting on the development of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is held in Beijing, capital of China, on March 29 and 30, 2010. Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and senior leader Zhou Yongkang, also members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, called for collaboration between central ministries, designated provinces and municipalities and Xinjiang's regional government to build the region into a moderately well-off society in the next decade. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

At a meeting on the development of Xinjiang, in Beijing on March 29 and 30, Vice Premier Li Keqiang and senior leader Zhou Yongkang called for collaboration between central ministries, designated provinces and municipalities and Xinjiang's regional government to build the region into a moderately well-off society in the next decade.

Xinjiang's development and stability was at a critical moment, Li said. National support for the region would be instrumental in its development and essential to its long-term peace and order.

He asked officials to establish an effective mechanism for providing personnel, technological, managerial and financial support, while improving livelihood issues like housing, employment and education, as priorities.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the government aimed to fully launch the support project in 2011 after a year of research, planning and personnel training, and planned to achieve remarkable results for major tasks in five years.

Li told officials from Xinjiang to make innovations in its development model, to facilitate collaboration with its partners, and to ensure the safety of the projects built with aid.

Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, called on the designated provinces and municipalities to lose no time in preparations.

He asked leaders in these provinces and municipalities to set up teams to research and survey their recipient regions in Xinjiang as soon as possible to form a work plan.

He also asked them to set up work groups as soon as possible, to select competent officials to work in Xinjiang, to enhance the training of these officials, and immediately start projects that could solve urgent problems in Xinjiang.

"We have to attach equal importance to economic development and social stability and intensify our precautions against and crackdown on the 'three evil forces' of terrorism, separatism and extremism," Zhou said.

Since last October, more than 500 officials from 64 departments have been sent to towns, villages, schools and companies in Xinjiang to inspect social situations and collect people's suggestions, amid efforts to study how to improve the livelihoods of residents and promote ethnic equality and unity.

Earlier this month in his government report, Premier Wen Jiabao said China would focus on formulating and implementing policies for economic and social development in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Tibetan ethnic areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces, although he did not give details.

The central government is preparing to hold a central work conference on Xinjiang in the first half of this year to implement measures to realize fast development and lasting stability in the region.

Source: Xinhua

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