By Ding Lu, William A W Neilson
Within the final twenty years, China's western inland quarter has principally been skipped over of the nation's financial growth. whereas its 355-million inhabitants bills for 28% and its land quarter for seventy one% of China's overall, the region's proportion of the nationwide GDP is lower than 20%. considering the fact that 1999, Beijing has applied the West China improvement software to spice up the region's progress. to review the key household concerns and the worldwide implications of this software, the college of Victoria's Centre for Asia-Pacific tasks equipped and hosted a multidisciplinary foreign convention on March 6-8, 2003. This quantity of papers offered on the convention bargains views at the matters via prime specialists of various educational disciplines from China, Canada, the USA, and different international locations.
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Completion of the Lhasa-Golmud line will increase Chinese ability to move troops and supplies around the region. 8% of the railways length. 34 billion. There are plans to construct three other lines connecting Lhasa to the western provinces: Robert Bedeski • • • 47 Chengdu-Kongpo-Lhasa Dali-Kongpo-Lhasa Lanzhou-Nagchu-Lhasa. The projects are officially designed to enhance "national defence and domestic stability" and to further integrate the Tibetan economy with mainstream China. For construction of the first line, China will use about 67,000 outside workers and 16,000 local workers.
Some senior leaders of the Chinese government have also emphasized that environment protection should be given first priority in the West China Development Program. Nonetheless, if the problems of poverty in the western region, those caused by ecological vulnerability in particular, could not be effectively addressed, the claimed "great readjustment", "great restoration" and "great protection" of the eco-environment in the region can only be given lip service. It is perceivable that the work of poverty-eradication in the program is not only a must for realizing social justice, but also a prerequisite for improving the eco-environment.
For these areas, the task is not to get more capital into the region but to get the people out. That brings me to the final and, in my opinion, the most important component of a regional development strategy designed to help the people in the interior of the country and to help the poorer people in the country in general. The solution to much of the existing disparities in income across the regions is to move the people from the areas that are poor and lacking in opportunities to the areas that have a surplus of such opportunities.
China's West Region Development: Domestic Strategies and Global Implications by Ding Lu, William A W Neilson