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Fujian ramps up efforts to support Xinjiang
2018-02-06 source:Chinadaily
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A brick-and-mortar retailer exclusively selling specialties from Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region opened in Fuzhou, capital city of Southeast China's Fujian province on Jan 31.

The store, covering an area of 4,000 square meters, is the largest one of its kind in the country outside Xinjiang.

It is expected to fuel Xinjiang's specialty sales growth in Fujian and further deepen its cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the province, said Huang Helin, deputy Party chief of Xinjiang's Changji Hui autonomous prefecture.

Huang is one among the hundreds of Fujian officials who have been sent to the region to help the local government eliminate poverty and achieve economic prosperity.

In 2011, China's central government implemented a new round of a "pairing assistance" program for Xinjiang, which sees 19 provinces and municipalities from more prosperous parts of China to support the development of different regions in Xinjiang.

Fujian is paired with Changji, and has since played an important role in the prefecture's development.

Official government statistics show that as of Sept, 2017, Fujian's investment in Changji had reached 68 billion yuan ($10.8 billion), accounting for more than half of its total in Xinjiang since 2011.

Meanwhile, over 800 officials and 1,400 experts have been sent to Xinjiang to boost local development in the fields of education, health and agriculture.

During a three-day visit to Changji in Sept of last year Fujian's then governor Yu Weiguo pledged to continue support for the region.

A dazzling array of Xinjiang specialties are displayed in the newly-opened store in Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian province [Photo/fjsen.com]