China invests 380 million yuan in Xinjiang publishing

15:15, August 03, 2010      

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China has already invested more than 380 million yuan (about 56.1 million US dollars) to support Xinjiang newspaper and book publishing industries, according to a meeting on assistance to Xinjiang Monday.

It's said that the project was the largest one–time investment in Xinjiang's news and publishing industries since the founding of new China and it has provided strong support for Xinjiang's people.

The project covers offering free publications to Xinjiang, helping them to construct publication distributing networks as well as investing in their equipment.

Since 2007, China has provided nearly 550,000 newspapers and periodicals, over 12 million books and many kinds of audio and video products to more than 8,800 incorporated villages in 860 towns in Xinjiang. Meanwhile, it has built 3,000 family bookstores for the farmers and herdsmen there.

In the next three years, China will increase investment in the second phase of the project to build around 9,100 new family bookstores, including 2,900 bookstores in the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. By 2012, all farmers and army companies will have bookstores in Xinjiang.

By Han Liqun, Zhang Haifeng, People's Daily; translate by Zhao Chenyen


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