Xinjiang advances in social development, people’s livelihood

Employees of Liuba Bakery prepare bread at the bakery in Yining city, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, June 23, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

URUMQI — Over the past decade, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has made steady progress in social development and improving people’s livelihoods, conference says press Saturday.

In 2021, Xinjiang’s GDP reached nearly 1.6 trillion yuan (about $232.8 billion), doubling the 2012 figure, said Ma Xingrui, secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regional Committee.

Over the past decade, more than 70 percent of Xinjiang’s fiscal spending has been devoted to improving people’s livelihoods. Three years of preschool education and nine years of compulsory education are free in the vast rural areas of Xinjiang, and the four prefectures in southern Xinjiang provide 15 years of free education.

Xinjiang has fully implemented the Party’s ethnic policies over the past decade, promoting extensive exchanges and integration among people of all ethnic groups.

At the press conference, Erkin Tuniyaz, chairman of the Xinjiang regional government, said that Xinjiang has continued to develop the core area of ​​the Silk Road Economic Belt and strengthened economic and trade exchanges with the most advanced countries. along the Belt and Road.

Xinjiang has signed 21 cooperation agreements with 25 countries and international organizations, and established economic and trade relations with 176 countries and regions, according to Erkin Tuniyaz.

Joel C. Hicks