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The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region accelerated infrastructure construction in 2019, including starting a record number of airports to boost economic development, the chairman of the regional government said.

"The construction of nine airports kicked off in 2019, which is unprecedented. Now, 56 regional air routes have opened, which is a great step forward in achieving the goal of connecting northern and southern Xinjiang as well as making travel inside and outside the region faster," Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the regional government, said on Monday while delivering the government work report during the opening ceremony of the annual session of the Xinjiang regional People's Congress.

Of the nine airports under construction, four are in less-developed southern Xinjiang, including Tashkurgan county in Kashgar prefecture and Yutian county in Hotan prefecture.

Covering one-sixth of Chinese territory, Xinjiang currently has 21 airports-the most among all provinces and regions.

What's more, all prefectures and cities in Xinjiang were connected with highways by 2019. Meanwhile, the power transmission network around the Tarim Basin was put into operation in 2019, solving the problem of shortages in Kashgar and Hotan, he said.

The region plans to further invest in infrastructure construction and boost connectivity by improving rail and highway networks this year, making it a key corridor on the Silk Road Economic Belt. The highway connecting Kashgar city with Pakistan is expected to be completed this year and will support the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Shohrat said.

Meanwhile, the region's annual GDP achieved growth of 6 percent in 2019 as the implementation of measures to root out religious extremism and fight terrorism in accordance with the law continues.

The measures have kept the region-which had experienced frequent terrorist attacks in the past-stable for more than three years. As a result, tourism in the region has boomed and significantly contributed to economic growth, he added.

Tourists visited the region, which is famous for its natural scenery and ethnic cultures, more than 200 million times in 2019, an increase of 41.6 percent year-on-year, according to the government work report.

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Post time 2020-1-9 09:28:35 |Display all floors
Must get the people in Xinjiang to travel more to the Eastern side of China and of course vice versa. Few obstacles though.

Affordability is an issue. Generally the people in the eastern side are more affluent and as such a person from the western side will have to spend more of his or her earnings to be able to go to the eastern side. When such affordability becomes an hindrance slowly it will develop a certain a pattern of psychology to the people from the western side. Usually the mind will play in such a way to frame the eastern side as non-worthy to spend hard earned money on. Slowly this may morph into rejection.

Ethnicity behavior is another. People don't feel comfortable with the unknown and the uncommon. When it becomes familiar sometimes people become defensive unless proper guidance is given on how to view differences, accept them and then bridge them.

Perception is another. The perceived differences will cause distancing. Need to create a bridge to connect the east's and the west's psychology so that they are open to accept one another. Ethnic profiling, generalising and then criticism don't endear people. This makes it difficult to bridge communication and without communication, understanding cannot be achieved and in turn mutual acceptance also cannot be achieved.

The Government needs to put in more effort to enable and encourage the people from the west to go to the east and then on the eastern side, the people should not generalize the people from the west (which is quite prevalent in the east) with totally negative views. Notwithstanding how the western side's people currently views the Han ethnic, the Han ethnic has to have a wide open heart and magnanimity to lead and guide the western people towards the right path. Else resentment cannot be overcomed forever. Imagine the outside forces are already trying very hard to educate the Uighurs to hate the Hans - which runs against traditional Han-Uighur relationships in ancient times. The truth was that the Hans, Uighurs, Mongols, Kazakhs etc. have long been cross living together, even royalties have crossed married ethnically and have allied cross ethnically against another cross ethnically allied opponent. Now the Han ethnic needs to hold back their resentment, change their view of the Uighurs and welcome the Uighurs into their fold as did centuries ago. Its not easy because over the decades, extremists have embedded themselves to kidnap Uighurs psychology and box them up with terrorism psychology. To open up the Uighurs, it cannot be done with hatred but it has to be done with genuine patience, concern and compassion. Scholarships should be given to Uighurs to go to the east to study in upper private institutions which know how to treat them with respect and guide them to right thinking.

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Post time 2020-1-9 10:47:49 |Display all floors
With modern infrastructure Xinjiang would be fully integrated with the rest of China and be more developed, no longer left out, as the outback wallowing in radicalism!

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Post time 2020-1-9 11:22:28 |Display all floors
Xinjiang should be given top priority for development, starting with infrastructure, that is the smartest way to counter the threat of radicalism!

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Post time 2020-1-9 13:19:07 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2020-1-9 11:22
Xinjiang should be given top priority for development, starting with infrastructure, that is the sma ...

re: "Xinjiang should be given top priority for development"

Couple months ago I read that the 'UK urges China to give UN access to Xinjiang region'...

    Say no more, I'm resolutely certain they would get a visa once they move their Headquarters to any decent Country; as long as it is out of America...
   They even refused a visa to the Iranian Foreign Minister to attend a meeting in N.Y.



US denies visa to Iranian foreign minister, barring him from UN meeting New York post
January 7th, 2020

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Post time 2020-1-10 10:41:13 |Display all floors
emanreus Post time: 2020-1-9 13:19
re: "Xinjiang should be given top priority for development"

Couple months ago I read that the 'U ...

Yes, that was in the news, and China rejected it, rightly so; why should UN be allowed to interfere in China's internal affairs?
As regards US refusal to grant visa to Iranian foreign minister, it is a violation of agreement between UN n US to issue visas to allow diplomats to attend UN meetings. US has no right to refuse.

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Post time 2020-1-10 11:38:29 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2020-1-10 10:41
Yes, that was in the news, and China rejected it, rightly so; why should UN be allowed to interfer ...

but-but that big stick attitude is enough to override all them NON-COMPLAINING EU MEMBERS


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