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Title: China's western development program: Its rationale, implementation, and prospects
Authors: Lai, H.H. 
Issue Date: Oct-2002
Citation: Lai, H.H. (2002-10). China's western development program: Its rationale, implementation, and prospects. Modern China 28 (4) : 432-466. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In late 1999, after two decades of pursuing coastal development, Chinese leaders announced a change in China's regional development strategy and initiated the western drive. The first section of this article analyzes the origins of the western development program, demonstrating that it was intended to address economic, regional, ecological, and security concerns. The second section examines the implementation of the program in terms of infrastructure, environment, investment, economic adjustment, human capital, and the welfare of the population. The third and final section discusses the advantages of, obstacles to, and prospects of the western developmental program. I argue that because the western drive may encounter economic, political, and cultural obstacles - including official corruption, governmental inefficiency, ethnic division, and low economic returns - Chinese leaders may reap limited political and economic benefits from it in the near future, particularly in areas with large ethnic populations.
Source Title: Modern China
ISSN: 00977004
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