The economic history of the Xinjiang Uygur A.R.

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Go West, Young Han
By John Pomfret, The Washington Post, 15 September 2000. With a massive propaganda campaign and millions of dollars, Beijing has launched a high-stakes gamble to develop Xinjiang and the rest of the Chinese west. Faced with persistent and sometimes violent ethnic unrest and a widening gap between the booming east coast and the poverty-stricken hinterland, China's leaders are pouring cash and expertise into an area largely left behind by two decades of economic reforms.
China's Xinjiang Reports Export Recovery
Xinhua, 1 March 2002. 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. Major exported commodities include tomato sauce, machinery and electronic products, garments, apparel accessories and furniture. The remote region saw its export plunge by 44.5 percent last year.
Xinjiang Sets Up First Muslim Food Association
Xinhua, 20 April 2002. Most Muslims in China live in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Local Muslim food producers engaged in processing, storing, transporting and selling of food for Muslims launched the association to address the problem that, small businessmen, driven by profits, violate the rules and harm consumers' rights and the good name of the Muslim food industry.