BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- China's Central Government has earmarked 310 billion yuan RMB (45.4 billion U.S. dollars) in subsidies and fixed assets investment since the holding of the 4th Conference on Tibetan Work in 2001.
The funding has helped boost Tibet's leapfrog development in recent years, according to the Tibet Autonomous Regional Development and Reform Commission (TARDRC).
File photo shows the trucks donated by China's central authorities to Tibetan farmers and herders. (Xinhua Photo)
Of the figure, 200 billion yuan RMB (29.3 billion dollars) has been allotted in various kinds of subsidies, with an annual average growth rate of 20 percent, and 110 billion yuan RMB (16.1 billion dollars) has gone to fixed assets investment, including construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
Considering Tibet's special conditions, the Central Government has been offering aid to the region in various fields since the reform and opening up drive was initiated in 1979.
The Central Government's investment has focused on Tibet's agriculture, infrastructure construction, science and technology, education, and ecological environment protection.
The Central Government has been providing more aid to Tibet since 2001. During the 10th Five-Year Plan period (2001-2005) alone, it allocated 37 billion yuan RMB (5.4 billion dollars) to Tibet in subsidies and 31.2 billion yuan RMB (4.5 billion dollars) to 117 projects.
With the assistance of the Central Government, Tibet has been able to maintain a double-digit growth in terms of GDP for 17 straight years, outpacing the national average.
Jin Shixun, director of the TARDRC, said that in the past nine years, Tibet has achieved the fastest social and economic development and the Tibetan people have improved their living standard most substantially.
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