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By Ding Lu, William A W Neilson

Within the final twenty years, China's western inland area has mostly been skipped over of the nation's financial growth. whereas its 355-million inhabitants debts for 28% and its land region for seventy one% of China's overall, the region's percentage of the nationwide GDP is below 20%. considering the fact that 1999, Beijing has carried out the West China improvement application to spice up the region's progress. to check the foremost household matters and the worldwide implications of this software, the collage of Victoria's Centre for Asia-Pacific tasks geared up and hosted a multidisciplinary overseas convention on March 6-8, 2003. This quantity of papers provided on the convention deals views at the concerns via top specialists of varied educational disciplines from China, Canada, the USA, and different nations.

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Much of the emphasis by some writers and officials is to try to find ways to do more for the rural population of China in place — that is, helping them where they are now. This is a worthy goal but it is not going to be very effective in achieving major increases in the standards of living of these people. This is because: Dwight Perkins • • • 23 The basic problem is that China has five or more times as many people farming as it needs to p r o d u c e current levels of agricultural output. Removing these people from the land would involve some additional capital investment but not very much, while the 10% of the population that remained on the land would be much better off.

Beijing has spent an enormous amount of capital, h u m a n and financial, but self-sufficiency remains far off, although there is development of timber and mineral reserves. From Beijing's perspective, Tibet is important in part because of its military value, and will never again be allowed to come under foreign influence. Plans to connect Tibet to central China by railways were discussed since the 1950s, but little was done due to the technical difficulties of high mountain peaks and permafrost swamps.

In ecological compensation, the principle of those who benefit shall pay indicates that ecological compensation is actually a redistribution of interests. Therefore, the difficulties in the process of implementation are beyond doubt. Notes 1. 2. 3. China's official poverty line on annual personal income is 100 yuan in 1978,206 yuan in 1985,268 yuan in 1990,550 yuan in 1995, and 625 yuan in 2002. According to China's "Seventh Five-year Plan", the whole country is divided into east, west and central economic regions.

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