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China's Xinjiang Reports Export Recovery

Xinhua, 1 March 2002

URUMQI, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region did 168 million U.S. dollars worth of foreign trade in the first month of the year, up 30 percent from same period last year.

In breakdown, exports made up over 70 million U.S. dollars, up 80 percent, and major exported commodities include tomato sauce, machinery and electronic products, garments, apparel accessories and furniture, said local sources.

China shares border with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India at Xinjiang. The remote northwestern Chinese region saw its export plunged by 44.5 percent last year.

The region's import rose steadily to exceed 97 million U.S. dollars in January, and import of unwrought copper and copper materials, discarded steel, crude oil climbed most rapidly.