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Western Development And China’s Development

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This chapter discusses "The West/Western China", which is larger than the geographically defined western region, but smaller than the area as defined under the government's Great Western Development Strategy. It includes Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Inter Mongolia, and Guangxi. Western China is the source of the Chinese people and the spring of brilliant ancient civilizations, from the Bronze Age cultures of the Spring and Autumn Period, the Shang and Zhou, to the Qin and Han Dynasties, to the cultures of the Bashu and Yunnan. Historically, there have been several changes in the national perspective on western development. Although overall western economic development is very much behind that of Eastern and central China, it is still far better than that which was occurring in Eastern and central China during the early 1980s.

Keywords: China; economic development; Western Development Strategy

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