Originally published by Reuters,20 May 2010
By Chris Buckley
BEIJING, May 20 (Reuters) – China will mount a vast investment drive in troubled far-west Xinjiang region, revamping taxes on energy operations in a bid to lift living standards and stifle ethnic unrest, state media said on Thursday.
The package of tax reforms, government investment targets and investment incentives for the tense region bordering central Asia emerged from a conference attended by Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders, state television reported.
Xinjiang’s population of 21 million is mainly divided between Muslim Uighurs, long the region’s majority, and Han Chinese, many of whom arrived in recent decades.
Last July, Uighur protests in Xinjiang’s regional capital, Urumqi, gave way to attacks that targeted Han Chinese. At least 197 people died in the initial violence, and two days later Han residents held protests and staged revenge attacks on Uighurs.Continue Reading →