Mumbai: China has allowed Tibet and Xinjianj
to forge trade ties with neighbouring countries, including
India, as it launched a new five-year plan aimed at
sound and faster economic growth in the underdeveloped
State Council, China''s cabinet, presided over by the
premier Wen Jiabao at its executive meeting, approved
the 11th five-year plan for the western region for 2006-2010
period on December 8.
western region covers the six provinces of Gansu, Guizhou,
Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan and four autonomous
regions of Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet and
Xinjiang and Chongqing municipality.
aims to achieve new breakthroughs in infrastructure
and ecological protection in the five-year period, including
improvements in transportation network and water conservancy
facilities in its western region.
development strategy for the western region, launched
in 2000, aims to boost economic growth in the impoverished
region by encouraging investments. The plan also focuses
on rural development of the west to raise income of
farmers and herders, who account for a majority of the
population in the region.
increasing government spending in the West, China will
simultaneously make efforts to further open up the region
to foreign investors and develop trade with neighbouring
is also encouraging industries in the developed eastern
regions to move to the West.