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National Aid Program for Xinjiang March 16, 2018

National Aid Program for Xinjiang

Since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, the central government and some provinces and cities have been providing aid to Xinjiang. To further spur Xinjiang’s development and maintain local stability, the central leadership made a strategic decision in 1996 to launch the first round of large-scale aid projects. A new action plan (2011-2020) was rolled out in 2010. It called for pairing up sectorial partners to streamline and enhance aid delivery. The goal is to narrow the development gap between Xinjiang and the rest of the country to the greatest extent possible, and bring a comparable level of prosperity to the region by 2020.