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China's West Poorest After 10 Years of Go West Campaign


China’s west, stretching from Inner Mongolia to Xinjiang and Tibet, still remains the poorest, least-developed and least-educated part of the country despite the launch of “Go West” campaign to modernize these regions ten years ago, reports Washington Post staff writer Keith B. Richburg.

The massive investment to modernize and develop these regions has mostly benefitted the state enterprises while hundreds of thousands of people have been resettled from their homes and nomadic lives leaving them with no livelihood, the report said.

The economic and political motivations to close the income gap with east china were largely successful in buying loyalty of the ethnic minorities, according to the report.

Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang rioted July last year and the Tibet Unrest occurred on March 2008.

Some information for this report was provided by The Washington Post.

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