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Monday, September 10, 2001, updated at 09:35(GMT+8)

2001 China Western Forum
Western Forum of China Held in Xi'an
West China Expects Investment Upsurge

Chinese economists and officials have predicted that the western part of China is to witness an upsurge of investment in the coming five to 10 years.

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West China Expects Investment Upsurge
Chinese economists and officials have predicted that the western part of China is to witness an upsurge of investment in the coming five to 10 years.

Knowledge Economy Should Power China's Western Development: Experts
The development of China's western region should be powered by high-tech industries, such as information technology, the Internet and other computer-related businesses, said experts at the 2001 Western China Forum, which concluded September 6 in this capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

China Western Forum Concludes
The three-day 2001 China Western Forum concluded in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, northwest China, Thursday.

China to Step Efforts for Environmental Protection
The Chinese government has always attached importance to environmental protection and has called for greater efforts to protect China's ecological system, said a senior official with the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative (CPPCC) on Thursday.

China to Favor Western Regions in Road Construction
China is to double its investment in road construction in the western region in the next five years, Vice Minister of Communications Zhang Chunxian said Thursday.

China's Gas Pipeline Project to Start Soon
China's west-east gas pipeline project will get underway in a short time, Deputy General Manager of the China National Petroleum Corporation Yan Sanzhong said Thursday in Xi'an.

Non-State-Owned Economy Important to West China Development
The backward economy in western China was partly attributed to a weak non-state-owned sector Thursday at the 2001 West China Forum held in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

More Airlines Eye China's West
The vast western region taking up 70 percent of China's territory will no longer seem so distant as more airlines will extend their operations there, a senior aviation official said Thursday.

Western Region to Have Longer Railway Lines
The total length of railways in the western region of China is expected to be extended significantly in the coming several years as the state steps up its efforts in railway construction in the region.

China Encourages Development of Western Land Resources
Preferential treatment will be applied to development of land resources in China's western region, said a senior Chinese official Thursday at the ongoing Western Forum in Xi'an.

Western Provinces Join Hands in Developing Economy
The provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu and Sichuan and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region have developed a golden economic belt in western China through economic cooperation in the past 15 years.

China to Favor West in Fiscal Policy
China's Vice-Minister of Finance Zhang Youchang on Wednesday promised to increase investment in the country's economically weak western regions.

Invest-West Rules to Lure Overseas Funds
China is working on rules which will allow overseas investors to enjoy better advantages in the development of the country's western regions in such sectors as banking, insurance, telecommunications and will also offer them bigger controlling stakes in infrastructure projects.

Environment Vital for 'Go-west'
Improvement of the ecological environment should top the agenda of tasks to be done in the endeavor to improve the overall investment environment of the western regions, according to participants of the ongoing 2001 Western Forum of China.

West Crippled by Red Tape
The central government officials vowed to improve after local authorities from western China complained Wednesday that bureaucracy has hindered development of the western regions.

Western China to Promote Info Sector
The western regions, where the IT industry has been traditionally weak, will soon see development in the information sector, said Lu Xinkui, vice-minister of Information Industry, in his speech to the China Western Forum, which opened Tuesday in Xi'an.

China to Improve Environment in Western Regions
The environment in China's western regions will become the priority of the country's forestry industry, said a senior official Wednesday at the Western Forum being held in Xi'an.

China's WTO Entry to Create More Investment Opportunities
China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) will provide unprecedented opportunities for its trade partners worldwide, said a senior official Wednesday at a current forum on the development of western China.

China Vows to Facilitate More Foreign Investment
The Chinese government will improve its law, policy, administration and market environment for foreign investors, said Sun Zhenyu, vice minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation in a keynote speech at the ongoing China Western Forum Wednesday.

Investment Environment to Be Further Improved in Western China
The investment environment of China's western region should be further improved so as to provide better support for the country's western development program, said senior officials Wednesday at the ongoing China Western Forum being held in Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi Province.

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