Color-coded Guide to Eastern Provinces-to-Xinjiang Economic Aid Pairing

Part of the major support package unveiled by the central government on May 20 is a plan to pair  China’s wealthier provinces and municipalities of the East to jurisdictions in Xinjiang. Just recently, the Beijing Review wrote an article on the pairing project providing more details regarding whose money will be going where, and for what purpose. Given the novelty of this plan, the obscurity to many people of various Xinjiang jurisdictions, and general interest as to what’s really happening with this ambitious project, I hastily have put together a color coded map that hopefully will help readers visualize the East-to-West partnership the government is attempting here.

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Beijing Municipality XPCC Div. 14
Khotan City
Khotan County
Moyu County
Lop County
7.26 billion RMB for housing and agriculture
Guangdong Province Tumushuke City
Shufu County
Jiashi County
9.6 billion RMB for infrastructure construction and public services
Shenzhen Kashgar City
Tashkorgan County
financing, technologies, talent and management expertise
Jiangsu Province XPCC Div. 4 and 7
Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture
Atushi City
Akqi County
Wuqia County
“people’s livelihood,” education, vocational training, oil pipeline projects
Shanghai Municipality Bachu County
Shache County
Zepu County
Yecheng County
earthquake-resistant housing, vocational training, agricultural facilities
Shandong Province Shule County
Yengisar County
Markit County
Yopurga County
earthquake-resistant housing projects, safe drinking water
Zhejiang Province Ala’er City
Aksu Prefecture
16.7 billion RMB for industry, modern agriculture, social welfare
Liaoning Province Tacheng Prefecture 180 million RMB for disaster relief from 2009 blizzard, job training, modern agriculture
Henan Province Hami Prefecture
XPCC Div. 13
orchards, protected agriculture, reconstruction of dilapidated houses
Hebei Province XPCC Div. 2
Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture
1.8 billion RMB for agricultural technologies, housing, employment, education
Shanxi Province Wujiaqu City
Fukang City
coal mining, education, reconstruction in “shanty” areas
Fujian Province Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture textiles, social welfare, rural infrastructure
Hunan Province Turpan Prefecture housing, coal mining
Hubei Province Bole City
Jinghe County
Wenquan County
XPCC Div. 5
protected agriculture, tourism, education
Anhui Province Pishan County 1.3 billion RMB for protected agriculture and modern industries
Tianjin Municipality Minfeng County
Qira County
Yutian County
fruit processing, railways and roads
Heilongjiang Province XPCC Div. 10
Fuhai County
Fuyun County
Qinghe County
mining, education, job training
Jiangxi Province Akto County 2.07 billion RMB in infrastructure, education, people’s livelihoods
Jilin Province Altay City
Habahe County
Burqin County
Jimunai County
flood prevention, people’s livelihoods
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Comments 7

  1. Bruce wrote:

    This mapping idea is neat. Well done!

    “Sister Cities” — Kashgar and, uh, Shenzhen? Wonder what we might be able to provide to the typical Kashgar resident: Management, Foxconn-style? Our vibrant “Ernai” culture? Chengguan thuggery?

    The mind boggles.

    Of course, you never know what will result from such “pairing.” If you had drawn a similar map for Shenzhen in 1978 when it was designated a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), “sister cities” would have included Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei — and look what happened!

    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 5:59 am
  2. Josh wrote:

    Like Bruce said…well done! Doesn’t look “hasty” to me.

    Don’t you find it a bit funny that Urumqi and Karamay weren’t paired with another sister city in the province? They’re definitely rich enough.

    Congrats on the FP link…

    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 6:45 am
  3. Porfiriy wrote:

    Thanks, Josh and Bruce! Didn’t even see that we got linked by the FP, so cool.

    One criticism I have of the policy, it just seems to me a major lapse that the Party leaders didn’t assign Taiwan as a sister province for a Xinjiang locale… I mean, Taiwan is one of the PRC’s most prosperous, if not THE most prosperous province, am I right? It’s right in the thick of the East seaboard economic boom and you’d think they’d have a lot valuable aid to offer to a place like Kashgar or Khotan. Shame on you, Party leaders!

    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 7:33 am
  4. schtickyrice wrote:

    Well done. However, Lop and Moyu counties are listed under the aid of Beijing, but the colors have them in partnership with Hebei.

    Posted 13 Jun 2010 at 12:50 am
  5. Porfiriy wrote:

    Yeah, schticky, I see what you’re talking about but it’s more just poor color choices on my part, Beijing, Lop, and Moyu are actually indeed of the same color, which is this drab olive green, but it appears I chose a poor color for Hebei, a brighter, minty green which is linked to Bayingolin in the Xinjiang map; nevertheless, they both are green so I could so how I could’ve caused confusion. If I have time, I may go in and choose a more distinct color.

    Posted 13 Jun 2010 at 2:14 am
  6. kahraman wrote:

    Is there any stated logic (economic, political or otherwise) for these pairings? (like relatively prosperous provinces paired with poorer counties, geographically similar areas etc.) Or is this entirely a public relations exercise aimed at demonstrating the unbending unity of the motherland…….

    By the way, it seems noteworthy that the Bingtuan divisions all have pairings. They are already to be prioritized in the coming Xinjiang spending binge.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 8:21 am
  7. Porfiriy wrote:

    Based on what I read the logic about the pairings is exactly as you’ve said: poorer XJ jurisictions get wealthier east coast ones; and I also read an article with some BS about how the Dongbei and North Xinjiang, having similar climates, should be paired together.

    I think it’s a PR stunt. There are much better and more efficient ways to allocate aid and funding for Xinjiang, but this “pairing” thing is highly visible, and in terms of party policy in Xinjiang (and pretty much everywhere else, in my opinion), projecting a strong, visible image of effort takes priority over effort itself.

    And yeah…. bingtuan getting money. Eye-roll. I laugh because I actually worked for a bingtuan school once. As if they need money (after all, they were one of only two schools in the city that could hire foreign teachers… the other one was the school in the sinopec gated community. Go figure).

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 9:18 am

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