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Provinces to draft own green plans2008-07-01
More than $4 million from Norway, the EU and the UN Development Programme will be invested to help 31 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions draft programs to fight climate change in the next two years.

Chongqing plans for nuclear power plant2008-06-26
Plans are moving forward to construct a new nuclear power plant in Chongqing municipality, the first such facility in southwest China.

200m yuan allocated to relieve 'quake lake' threat2008-05-28
The government has allocated 200 million yuan ($28.6 million) from the central budget for Sichuan Province to deal with the swelling lakes formed by the earthquake.

Shrinking glacier threat to rivers2007-11-02
The rapid shrinking of the country's most famous glacier is severely threatening oases in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, scientists warned yesterday

4 million more people to be moved from gorges area2007-10-12
At least 4 million people from the Three Gorges Reservoir area are to be relocated to cities in the next 10 to 15 years.

Vice premier urges Chongqing to become economic engine2007-06-19
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu on Monday asked southwest China's Chongqing municipality to make efforts to become a leading economic force in the country's underdeveloped western region.

Investors look to central and western regions 2007-04-28
An improved investment environment is luring US investors to China's second- and third-tier regions, according to the 2007 White Paper released yesterday.

West China favors "green" investment to sustain growth2007-04-13
Officials in northwest China's Shaanxi province are calling for more "green" investment and urging local governments not to sacrifice the environment on the altar of economic growth.

Tibet moves to avoid growth mistakes2007-04-11
A 9.2-billion yuan ($1.2 billion) effort to prevent and control pollution in valley areas along the Yarlung Zangbo River and its four tributaries is underway in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Development of western China more important: minister2007-04-09
Ma Kai, minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Saturday that the development of western China is even more important as China moves to boost regional development nationwide.

China invests 300m yuan to develop ethnic minorities2007-04-05
The Chinese government will pour 300 million yuan (38.8 million U.S. dollars) every year for the next four years into the development of 22 ethnic minority groups.

China laments slow development of its wild west2007-03-03
Lack of funds, poor transport infrastructure, illiteracy and badly thought out schemes which have angered residents are hampering the development of China's vast, poor western regions, officials said on Thursday.

China to double per capita GDP in western region by 20102007-03-03
China aims to double the year 2000 level of per capita GDP in the western region by 2010, concentrating on providing poor people with adequate food and clothing, a government official said on Thursday.

Go west, there are opportunities there2007-03-03
China welcomes foreign investment in its western region development campaign, a top official said yesterday.

Nation to establish long-term western development plan2007-01-18
The Ministry of Commerce and China Development Bank agreed yesterday to establish a long-term cooperation to support the economic development of China's western regions.

Nation approves new 5-year program for western development2006-12-11
China has developed a new five-year program for western development aiming to realize sound and fast economic growth in the region.

Policies bolster ties with Central Asia2006-10-17
China's "go west" strategy and policy to develop economic co-operation with its neighbours will help forge trade ties with the Central Asian countries, a senior commerce official said yesterday.

Investment in western part of China surges 2006-05-25
Businessmen from the east coast city of Wenzhou have a reputation in China for being the first to spot new trends.

Chinese premier stresses scientific concept in western development2006-04-24
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao stressed the importance of sticking to scientific concept in developing western China, urging more efforts given to optimizing economic structure and distribution of industries.

Western China tries to balance environment and development2006-04-11
China's regions and provinces are seeking to lure investors with a new range of "green" projects in a bid to move away from the environmentally degrading industrial developments of the past.

Law on western development in pipeline 2006-03-14
China is pushing forward its ambitious "go west" campaign with the imminent completion of a draft law  that aims to close the widening gap between the underdeveloped western region and the east's wealthy coastal areas.

NW China city urges safety check-ups following coal mine gas burning2006-03-09
Baiyin City of Northwest China's Gansu Province has urged all local small coal mines to suspend production and do safety check-ups following a coal mine gas burning that claimed five lives Sunday.

Adviser: Xinjiang a valuable resource hub 2006-03-09
The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China should be built into a resource passage, connecting China and Central Asia, a political adviser said yesterday.

World Bank assists with ecological projects in SW China 2006-02-05
A World Bank-funded soil erosion treatment program will be launched in the first half of this year to restore the ecological systems in 37 counties and cities in Southwest China.

China to launch project against desertification in barren NW region 2006-01-17
China plans to invest more than 71 million yuan (9 million U.S. dollars) for an anti-desertification project in the northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, according to the regional government.

NW China province lacks 1 million cubic meters of natural gas a day for heating2006-01-16
Northwest China's Shaanxi Province is seeing a natural gas shortage of 1 million cubic meters a day in its gas supply for its citizens, local gas provider said Thursday.

Int'l solar energy promotion center to be built with UNIDO aid2005-12-28
An international center for promotion and transfer of solar energy will be built in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, with financial support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

NW China region posts 400 million US dollars in foreign trade revenues2005-12-28
Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, reported imports and exports of 3.5 billion U.S. dollars during the first 11 months, according to the statistics offered by the regional trade and development bureau Friday.

Xinjiang to see double-digit GDP growth this year2005-12-26
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is expected to chalk up a 10.5 percent annual growth in gross domestic product (GDP), to hit 261 billion yuan (32 billion U.S. dollars) in 2005, a senior official of the region said Friday.

Central bank urges new ways of funding for western region development2005-11-16
China should seek new ways to absorb funds for the further development of its western region, rather than depending wholly on policy bank loans and financial support from the central government.

Chinese government to put investment focus on six areas in next five years2005-11-16
During the 2006-2010 period, the Chinese government will increase its investment in six fields including rural construction, development of the middle and western areas of the country, social causes, science and technology, environmental protection and infrastructure construction.

City group growth accelerates China's western economic development2005-10-11
About two thirds of the population in western China's Chongqing municipality lived in countryside eight years ago, but the ratio has reduced to 55 percent, implying that at least 3.6 million people completed their rural-urban migration.

Top Xinjiang official promises richer future2005-10-08
A top official from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region vowed yesterday to more than triple its economic output by the year 2020.

Tibet tries its best to stay a clean land 2005-09-14
Duan Xiangzheng repeatedly interrupted the interview to answer his continuously ringing cellphone.

Tibetans proud of regional progress 2005-08-29
Amongst the colourful prayer flags, aroma of juniper incense and throngs of devout worshippers in Lhasa, the advent of a new Tibet is taking place and Yixi Dorje is proud to witness and be part of it.

Chongqing cities summit gains pace 2005-08-10
Representatives from at least 96 foreign cities will join Chinese mayors to discuss harmonious development among "City, Man and Nature" at a summit in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in October, the city's Information Office Director Zhou Bo said yesterday.

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau likely China's biggest water region2005-05-10
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwest China, which is known as "roof of the world", holds quite possibly the country's biggest amount of fresh water, according to a recent finding by Chinese scientists.

Pioneering operation on paralysed panda2005-04-15
XI'AN - A giant panda with a broken back underwent an operation yesterday in Xi'an, capital of northwest Shaanxi Province.

Top Chinese legislator underscores economic, social development in western regions2005-03-23
Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, called on the country's underdeveloped western regions to promote sustainable economic and social development during an inspection tour of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region from March 18 to 22.

Western strategy begins to pay off 2005-03-14
Apart from discussing and deciding national affairs as legislators, NPC deputies from different parts of the country have other missions to accomplish at their annual session.

Refinery expansion project in Xinjiang gets green light 2005-02-17
A petrochemical facility has been given the green light to expand, a move which will make it the largest refinery and petrochemical complex in the country.

Panda protection in Gansu paying off 2005-02-17
Panda protection in Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve in Northwest China's Gansu Province has helped the iconic bears increase their numbers.

Keeping up momentum of western development 2005-01-28
As China marks the fifth anniversary of its bold and daring drive to develop its western region, the same people who, five years ago, were sceptical about its prospects are once again raising doubts.

'Go West' campaign demands long-term, consistent devotion2005-01-17
Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the official launch of the "Go West" campaign, a programme aimed at stimulating the development in China's underdeveloped western regions.

Western development remains a priority 2005-01-17
Two things have caused people to have second thoughts about China's strategy to develop its vast western region. One is the decision by central government in 2003 to reduce the scale of annual State bonds for investment in the west and to rejuvenate the country's northeastern rust belt. The other is the 2004 decision to boost the development of central China.

'Go-west' speeds up in next five years 2005-01-17
A senior cabinet official said China will continue to plunge huge investments into western regions over the next five years to develop it into an investment magnet for both domestic and overseas investors.

Vice-Premier calls for better developed western China2005-01-06
Chinese Vice-Premier Huang Ju has asked China's western region to speed up coordinated social and economic development so as to facilitate the country's major western development strategy.

West areas to benefit from fiscal surplus 2004-12-22
China recorded a fiscal surplus of 283.7 billion yuan (US$34.2 billion) during the first 11 months of this year.

Xinjiang to become China's largest natural gas producer2004-12-10
With the opening of the Kela No. 2 gas field in the Tarim basin in China's northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Dec. 1, Xinjiang will produce 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas next year, becoming the country's largest gas producer, according to an official with the China National Petroleum Corporation.

Western China to limit energy intensive, pollution projects2004-11-22
The western region of China must limit the development of energy intensive and heavy pollution projects, said Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan during an inspection tour in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

China's western businesses embrace new technology for high efficiency2004-11-22
Company representative from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region demonstrated the water-saving equipment that has been used in 300,000 hectares of cropland in the western China, at the ongoing 2004 Western Forum on China.

Reining in economy optimizes industry structure in western China2004-11-22
Central government policies designed to rein in overheated elements of China's economy are providing good opportunities to optimize local industry structures in the country's western region, said experts and officials at the ongoing 2004 Western Forum of China Friday.

Forum pushes bid to develop the west2004-11-19
For years there have been debates on the next step for the swathes of land that make up the western region - whether to turn it into a magnet for investors or reserve it as a back-up for the country's sustainable development.

Western region development to lead agenda 2004-11-19
Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan yesterday urged local governments in the country's western region to make "breakthroughs" in infrastructure construction and environmental projects by 2010.

Official urges low-pollution industries in west China2004-11-19
An official with the State Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Thursday that China should develop industries with low pollution and high efficiency in the western region.

Western region should develop scientifically, Chinese official2004-11-18
The western region of the country should develop scientifically, said an official with the Chinese State Council in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Wednesday.

Tigers discovered in remote Tibetan county2004-10-29
Reports of tigers in Medog County in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region are becoming more common.

China to invest 80 billion yuan in ten projects in western region by 20042004-10-15
China will invest a total of 80 billion yuan in another ten key projects in western region by the end of the year.

Reining in economy not to cost development in west2004-10-15
A senior Chinese official said here Thursday that cooling down some over-heated industries will not cost the state strategy for boosting economy in the western region.

West China posts robust economic growth2004-10-15
The economically backward western part of China has witnessed a strong growth momentum so far this year, according to a senior official from the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) here Thursday.

China drafts law on west region promotion2004-10-15
A senior Chinese official said here Thursday that China is drafting a law regulating measures and activities in promoting the western region, both in economy and social development.

Tibet reinforces protection of grassland2004-09-16
The Tibet Autonomous Region has used 43 million yuan (5.19 million US dollars) in special funds of the central government to construct man-made grassland since 2001.

ADB to help China combat land degradation in western region2004-06-30
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is administering a project of 13.8 million US dollars to help combat land degradation in six priority provinces and autonomous regions of the western China.

Vice-premier Wu Yi encourages foreign investment in central, western China2004-06-23
Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi said here Tuesday that China welcomes the world famous transnational firms to expand investment and cooperation in China, especially in her country's central and western areas.

West China witnesses growing interest among private sector to combat desertification2004-06-18
An increasing number of farmers in west China are getting rich by growing or processing plants in deserts in recent years so as to work out a way for sustainable development in the country's most seriously desertified area, said Chu Weidong, an official with a key tree-planting project launched by the State Forestry Administration (SFA).

Tibetans benefit much from market economy2004-05-31
 More and more residents on the Tibetan Plateau in western China are shifting from their traditional production mode to embrace a market economy and turning to a new livelihood the economy is bestowing on them.

SW. China province posts double-digit GDP growth in 1st quarter2004-04-29
Southwest China's Yunnan Province realized 57.504 billion yuan (6.93 billion US dollars) in gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year, a year-on-year growth of 11.1 percent in terms of comparable prices.

Ethnic groups in SW China living new life under forest protection program2004-04-28
China's massive natural forest conservation program has not only had positive environmental effects, but also helped improve the livelihoods of large groups of forest dwellers, especially those ethnic groups in southwest China region.

SW municipality sets out to remove hidden dangers after chlorine leak2004-04-20
Southwest China's Chongqing municipality has launched a large-scale inspection of chemical enterprises after the disastrous chlorine leak to remove any hidden dangers that might cause another such accident.

Tibet reports rise in foreign trade2004-04-16
Southwest China's Tibetan Autonomous Region reported US$161 million of foreign trade in 2003, a rise of 23.6 percent from a year earlier, according to the regional foreign trade department.

Measures expected to further boost development in western China2004-04-01
China will grant more market access to foreign investors in the development of tourism, mineral resources and high-tech industries in a bid to further boost the vast but poverty-stricken western areas.

Hydropower units sold for Three Gorges Dam2004-03-29
China Three Gorges Project Corp (CTGPC) responsible for building the mammoth Three Gorges Dam signed a contract on March 27 to purchase the 12 hydropower generating units and accessories for the dam's right bank section.

China to diversify industry in West cities rich in natural resources2004-03-25
West China's cities should try to diversify their industries to make the most of their advantages in basic resources, said sources with China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Beijing Thursday.

'Go west' strategy brings hope to region2004-03-23
At a weekend working conference, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to unswervingly carry out the nation's western development strategy.

China's west experiences rapid economic growth2004-03-22
China's western regions experienced 11.2 percent economic growth in 2003, propelled by the western development strategy.

Arid NW Chinese city curbs excessive water consumption2004-03-22
Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwest China, celebrated World Water Day on Monday by taking a new water-saving measure to curb excessive water consumption.

Premier urges further western development2004-03-21
BEIJING: The State Council, China's cabinet, called at a work conference on Friday and Saturday for carrying out the western development strategy unswervingly.

China makes efforts to save grassland from deterioration2004-02-27
China injected 1.8 billion yuan (over 217 million US dollars) in 2003 into the protection of grassland, statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture showed.

Measures taken to protect rare snow lotus plant in NW region2004-02-19
China's westernmost Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has set limitations on the quantity of snow lotus (Saussurea involucrata) supplies, a rare medicinal herb, in a bid to rescue this precious species from extinction.

Servicemen enjoy fresh air, food, water in desert satellite-launch center2004-02-17
The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in a desert in northwest China, has become free from sandstorms, thanks to great efforts to turn it into an oasis by servicemen guarding and working there.

Foreign insurance companies encouraged to establish business in China's west, northeast region2004-02-13
Wu Dingfu, chairman of China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), said that China encourages foreign insurance companies to establish business in China's vast west region and old industrial belt in northeast China.

Fishing ban starts on Yangtze River2004-02-03
The fishery department in Southwest China's Sichuan Province sent five teams on February 1 to areas along the Yangtze River from February 1.

Black-necked crane on rise in Guizhou Province2004-02-02
Thanks to an improved eco-environment, the number of black-necked cranes wintering at CaohaiLake in Southwest China's Guizhou Province increased 12 percent to 864 this year.

Yunnan on front line in war on AIDS 2004-01-19
In recent years Yunnan Province has intensified its efforts to combat AIDS as the deadly disease has become more widespread in this southwestern province and its neighbouring nations.

Xinjiang leads China in export growth in 20032004-01-12
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region registered US$4.77 billion in foreign trade in 2003, a 77.3 percent rise on a yearly basis, the largest growth rate in China, local customs figures show.

Tibet sees rapid development of private enterprises2004-01-12
The private economy of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has rapidly developed in recent years, thanks to the support of the local government, said Zhao Zhengxiu, director of the Tibet regional administration of industry and commerce.

City with dash of salt 2004-01-09
Located in the southern part of Sichuan Basin, about 200 kilometres southeast of Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, Zigong is not yet a popular tour destination, even for the Chinese.

Glaciers receding, wetlands shrinking in river fountainhead area2004-01-07
The fountainhead area of the two longest rivers of China, the Yangtze and the Yellow, in west China 's Qinghai province, is suffering from a severe ecological crisis with decreasing glaciers, lakes and wetlands, according to sources with the local government.

Xinjiang's farmland protected by comprehensive shelterbelt2004-01-07
A shelterbelt with multiple layers and various forests has been basically shaped after two decades of work in westernmost Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, a regional forestry official said here Tuesday.

Guizhou Province urged to quicken development2004-01-04
Vice-Premier Huang Ju has urged Guizhou Province, southwest China, to accelerate its development by seizing opportunities of the national strategy to support the underdeveloped western regions.

Trees used to fence in sandy predator 2004-01-02
URUMQI: Facing the continuous invasion of the Taklimakan, the world's second largest desert, people in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are trying to fence in the encroaching desert with trees.

'Go West' encourages reforestation 2003-12-30
The central government will continue its drive to develop the country's vast western regions in the new year with more emphasis on seeking sustainable development, according to a plenary meeting of the State Council's guiding team for the development of the west.

Bamboo forest gets ecotour rating 2003-12-17
The Southern Sichuan Bamboo Sea (forest) in this city in Southwest China's Sichuan Province yesterday was listed as a world-class bamboo reserve. It is also the fourth tourism destination in China to be granted the "Green Globe 21" certificate, according to Richard Hooper, managing director of Green Globe.

China to build park to preserve world's largest virgin diversiform- leaved poplar forest2003-12-11
China will start at the end of the year to build a park at the Tarim River Valleys in northwest China 's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to preserve 352,000 hectares of diversiform-leaved poplar threes, the largest virgin forest of its kind in the world.

Grassland ecosystem deteriorating in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau2003-12-07
The grassland ecosystem in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has shown a gradual-deterioration trend with its output decreased sharply due to long-term excessive herding.

Gov't consultant proposes migration 2003-12-08
SHAOXING, Zhejiang: Senior government consultant suggested a massive "west-to-east" migration campaign to speed up China's urbanization process.

Beijing's sandy neighbor turning greener2003-12-05
Ecosystem recovery effort in north China's Inner Mongolia, notoriously known as the source of sandstorms affecting the national capital, is producing effects in desertification control, Yang Jing, acting chairman of the autonomous region said.

NW. China province legislates to protect wetland2003-12-05
Northwestern China's Gansu province has adopted a regulation to better protect its wetlands, following similar regulations passed this year by the northernmost Heilongjiang province and east China's Jiangxi province, another two provinces in the country.

China's Xinjiang sees trade with Kazakstan up over 80 percent2003-12-01
China's far western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region saw trade with neighboring Kazakstan increase by 80.7 percent in the first 10 months of this year.

"Sea of death" is rich in sylvite resources2003-11-24
Geologists have discovered huge sylvite reserves in Lop Nur, a desert known as the "sea of death" in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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