From China Dialogue:
China’s national strategy to develop the country’s western region has led to great progress, but the gap between eastern and western China is still increasing, said Wang Jinxiang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.
Statistics show that the GDP generated by the country’s western region in 2005 doubled since 2000, with the annual GDP increase reaching 10.6%.
Construction of a number of key projects such as the Qinghai-Tibet railway and the transfer of electricity and gas from western to eastern China has been completed ahead of schedule. Achievements also include the increased forested areas and decreased soil erosion in west China. [Full Text]