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Wuhan: A City Develops on the Rail Track
The convenient waterway and railway transports boosted Wuhan's early industrial boom a century ago. Decades later, the high-speed railway is expected to drive the city's development on a faster track.
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A Glimpse into the Plan
Launched in 1999, China's Western Development strategy covered 71 percent of the country's territory in Chongqing Municipality, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces and Ningxia, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Guangxi and Tibet Autonomous Regions that houses 29 percent of the country's population and three quarters of the ethnic headcount. More than 1.74 trillion yuan (252 billion US dollars) were invested in 102 key projects in the west from 2000 to 2008.
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Wuhan: A City Develops on the Rail Track
The convenient waterway and railway transports boosted Wuhan's early industrial boom a century ago. Decades later, the high-speed railway is expected to drive the city's development on a faster track.
Watching the Green Grow in Nyingchi Prefecture
62-year-old Duobujie has spent half of his life as a forest guardian. For him, working has never been easier than it is today.
Enterpriser Devoted to Tibetan Medicine Culture Preservation
In recent years, although Tibetan medicine practice and research have experienced a boom, it is still a mystery to many mainland people.
Nyingchi Forest Rangers Protect the Land
Drobu Jie is one of two original forest rangers in a town in the Nyingchi area, located in the east of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
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Chronicle of Events

1999: The "Western Development" guidelines are clarified.
2000: The "Western Development" plan begins.
2001: The official website of the "Western Development" program is launched.
2002: Construction of the "West-East Gas Pipeline" begins.
2003: The policy of "Returning Grazing Land to Grassland" comes into effect.
2004: The Law on Promoting Western Development is listed on the legislative plan of the 10th National People's Congress.
2005: Compulsory education tuition and fees become exempt in western areas.
2006: The Qinghai-Tibet Railway begins operation.
2007: The Ministry of Finance invests 280 billion yuan in the west to support key projects.

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