China's West Region Development: Domestic Strategies and by Ding Lu, William A W Neilson

By Ding Lu, William A W Neilson

Within the final 20 years, China's western inland quarter has mostly been skipped over of the nation's fiscal increase. whereas its 355-million inhabitants bills for 28% and its land sector for seventy one% of China's overall, the region's percentage of the nationwide GDP is below 20%. considering that 1999, Beijing has carried out the West China improvement software to spice up the region's progress. to review the most important family matters and the worldwide implications of this application, the collage of Victoria's Centre for Asia-Pacific projects prepared and hosted a multidisciplinary overseas convention on March 6-8, 2003. This quantity of papers awarded on the convention bargains views at the concerns through major specialists of assorted educational disciplines from China, Canada, the U.S., and different international locations.

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8%. By 2000, the poverty-stricken population had dropped to 30 million, while the incidence of poverty declined to less than 3%} Despite such a success, the distribution of the remaining poverty-stricken population has become more concentrated in China's central and western regions, especially the ecologically vulnerable areas. 2 In such ecologically vulnerable areas with adverse geographic conditions, the impoverished people have to make a living within the constraints of scarce natural resources.

All strategic enterprises, including railways, telephones and telegraphs, and shipbuilding, were organized with state security the top priority. Even the highly nationalistic education system had the goal of transforming Japanese subjects into productive warriors not unlike the ancient Legalist program of Shang Yang, minus the industrial imperative. In modern times, Sun Yat-sen was impressed by the progress he saw in Japan, and envisioned regionally-even development and industrialization 41 42 Western China: Human Security and National Security of China, once political order was restored.

B) The real investment issue, however, is not where government investment should be directed, but how China can change the private-market driven flow of investment away from the coast and toward the interior. Infrastructure investment can help in this regard but it is clearly not the whole story. We have only one really good example of how development proceeds in a market economy of continental size — namely, the United States. R. regional development was not remotely market driven. U. S. was that the labour moved from the poor agricultural south to the richer more industrialized north, particularly during and after World War II.

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