China's policy gets mixed results

Xinjiang's Uighur Muslims feel marginalised despite the billions spent on development.


    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Chinese government's programme to develop its far western provinces.

    China has been investing a huge amount of money into Xinjiang, its largest administrative region, hoping that it will catch up with the rest of the country's fast growing economy.

    Because of Xinjiang, China has become the second largest producer of wind power in the world. However, not all the region's residents believe that the Chinese government's involvement has benefited them.

    Most of the religiously diverse population remains poor and people from the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim group, feel marginalised and discriminated against.

    Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.