China’s previously troubled western Xinjiang autonomous region will be the beneficiary of a large investment drive, reported Reuters. Xinjiang will benefit from tax reforms and investment incentives enabled by the government. Ethnic tensions flared in July 2009 between the majority Muslim Uyghurs and transplanted Han Chinese. More than 197 people died during the conflict. A major part of the development plan will be the target of achieving an average economic output per resident to match the national average within the next five years. "We must engage in vigorous economic development, accelerate the pace of development," said Chinese President Hu Jintao.
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