go west policy

Fear Stalks Chinese Residents in Kashgar After Attacks

Reuters reported on Wednesday on the fearful atmosphere among Kashgar’s Han Chinese community, following the series of attacks over the weekend in which 20 were killed. “People here feel genuine terror, we definitely...

Blogger: Xinjiang People – Sorry and Thank You

The following blog post was written by a Han Chinese resident of Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang. It was written before the outbreak of violence in Urumqi , but has made a reappearance in the Chinese...

Riots Expose China’s Ethnic Divisions, Uneven Growth

In the aftermath of this week’s violence in Urumqi, observers are looking at Beijing’s policies toward minorities, and the “Go West” policy which aimed to populate and develop Xinjiang and other western...

Natives Feel Left Out of China’s New West – Peter S. Goodman

From the Washington Post: Before the highway arrived last year, threading a strip of black pavement across a moonscape of pale sand, this town in central Xinjiang province was among the lonelier places on earth. Yet just off the highway in Mazha village, life is little changed. Most people spend their days under the tyranny […]

Multinationals turn to China’s west – Xinhua

From China Daily (link): The U.S.-based Applied Materials Inc. clinched a deal this week with the high-tech development zone in Xi’an to build a global R&D center in this capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The American company will invest US$255 million into the project, designed to be another global tech center outside its […]

Risky business in China’s west – David Nguyen

From Asia Times: The “Go West” campaign is one of many policies China has initiated to develop the infrastructure and vast resources of its far western regions, Xinjiang and Xizang, also known as the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, while strengthening political and economic ties with bordering states. As money continues to be invested in these regions […]

Under the thumb – Economist

From the Economist: China’s goal is not just to replicate the boom of its coastal areas. It wants to tame Xinjiang, its wild western frontier. Since January 2000, when China launched the “great development of the west” (often referred to as the “Go west” policy), it has been clear that there is more to this […]

Asphalt net covers China’s west – Rui Xia

From Asia Times: Road construction has become ubiquitous throughout the west, from steamy tropics to snow-capped mountains to arid deserts. It seems as if everywhere one goes, there is a bypass, a road under construction, and workers in orange waistcoats pitching their tents by the roadside. Some of the results are impressive. The Erlanshan tunnel, […]

Paul French: Go West – Going, Going, Gone

From China Business Infocenter: Thankfully Go West may soon finally go away. The long running and largely useless campaign to drive investment to the remoter western fringes of the country has been a disaster and it now seems that Beijing feels ready to (sort of) admit that, take a deep breath and move on. Go […]

Plug pulled on West China Channel

As the Chinese media is caught between market-oriented reforms and demands to provide government propaganda, some outlets are having a hard time defining themselves. CCTV has axed its news station which focused on the western regions of the country as part of the government’s development scheme and was the first CCTV subsidiary to operate as […]



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