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Kashgar path: the core of development must be sustainable

11 November 2011
Kashgar path: the core of development must be sustainable

By Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group.


In my opinion, the Special Economic Zone status granted to Kashgar by the State means that Kashgar will assume the important task of developing the western region of China, and exploring a development path for the less-developed regions to catch up with, and even surpass, the advanced.

But in the face of multiple challenges like the credit crisis, energy and resource scarcity, climate change and so on, the spanning development of Kashgar has no other choice but to take sustainable development as the core, supported by low carbon, clean, high-efficiency and other green win-win strategies.

Kashgar must join hands with the government and communities, strengthen regional and international exchange and cooperation, and make the most of domestic and international resources, to construct Kashgar into an even more dazzling pearl on the ancient Silk Road.

The sustainable development of Kashgar will be embodied in several aspects, including:

  • protection of fragile ecological environment;
  • maintaining of precious historical and cultural heritage;
  • strong ethnic integration.

Kashgar will make full use of preferential policies and opportunities granted by the State, to explore how to balance the relationship between conservation and development, and give Kashgar’s unique answer to the interest between economy, environment and society.

Kashgar’s sustainable development cannot be achieved without the Scientific Outlook on Development. Scientific policy-making is essential for understanding the relationship between conservation and development.

Protection of ecological environment and exploration of green and low carbon development must be bolstered by technological and industrial innovation; protection of historical and cultural heritage, and developing conservation-based tourism must embrace professional knowledge and international perspective.

Furthermore, talent and training has come to a bottleneck in constraining the spanning development of Kashgar, so it's in great need of community help through training local workforce and recruiting talent from home and abroad. It is one of our important tasks to engage them in the cause of development of Kashgar.

The State Council’s No. 10 National Notice has shown the central government’s enormous support to Kashgar, and so the Kashgar government should take serious consideration of it.

The establishment of Research Institute for Kashgar Development, to a large extent, will shoulder the responsibility of attracting top domestic and international think tanks and figures to brainstorm for the development of Kashgar. Financial strategy in support of Kashagar’s development will be a key area. Kashgar government will establish partnership with CITIC Group and tailor-make policies in fiscal and financial sectors and attract all kinds of investments, to build a sustainable future for Kashgar.

As the “No.10 Notice” points out, the advantage of Kashgar lies in its bridging Eurasia land. This implies that Kashgar will bear communication and cooperation between China and Central Asia, South Asia and Europe as part of its task. Building up an international exchange platform for regional win-win and common prosperity is also an important opportunity and responsibility for the future development of Kashgar.

In such a platform, Kashgar can discuss issues of common concern, while at different levels, countries of the region, cities and enterprises can explore how to cooperate in investment, trade, infrastructure, personnel exchange, education and training industry, to build this region into a model of sustainable development.

As put in a favorite Chinese poem of mine: “The way ahead is long; I see no ending, yet high and low I will search with my will unbending.” This is the deep feeling of Kashgar people today.

I believe, that in the second decade of the 21st century, as the State has granted the most preferential policy to Kashgar, opportunities in Kashgar will far outweigh the challenges.

“Kashgar Path” and “Kashgar Exploration” will firmly grasp the lifeline of sustainable development, through working together with all parties and creating a green Kashgar for tomorrow.

Read more of Changhua Wu's blog posts

Blog post translated by Ge Xin. 

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