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Xinjiang progressing toward prosperous future

URUMQI, July 5 (People's Daily) -- Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China will receive more than 10 billion yuan in financial aid from 19 provinces and municipalities designated as partners. This is part of Chinese central government's latest effort to boost the region's growth.

Furthermore, the central government will also provide economic aid, several times as much as the aid funds from the 19 provinces and municipalities, to the region through transfer payments, special funds and other channels.

The concept of "never neglect children's education regardless of how poor we are" is fully reflected in Xinjiang. The Chinese government first implemented the "two exemptions and one subsidy" policy and exempted all tuition and fees of compulsory education in rural areas of Xinjiang. The basic education of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang is experiencing a qualitative change under strong support from the government. It has become a consensus that "schools are the best buildings in prairie areas." Statistics show that the enrollment rate of ethnic minority school-age children in Xinjiang reached more than 97 percent.

Muqam is regarded as the "living fossil" of the culture of western regions. It has been inherited by oral teachings for a long time, and was on the verge of extinction before new China was founded. The Chinese government injected a lot of manpower and material resources to save Muqam. As a result, the "Xinjiang's Muqam in China" was listed in the third batch of the "Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Nov. 25, 2005. Saving Muqam is just an example of Xinjiang in protecting and inheriting the cultures of the minorities. A great batch of traditional cultural treasures, including the "Uygur Daolang Maxrap," "Epic Manas," "Epic Jangar," "Epic Gesar" and "Kazak Sixty-two Khonger," have been successfully inherited under the national protection.

The new round of support to Xinjiang will be implemented practically and a new Xinjiang with unprecedented prosperity will certainly turn into reality.

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