This year, frontier defense and unification initiatives will cost the local Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) government alone more than 7 billion yuan (more than 1 billion US dollars). The Nyingchi-Ya’an portion of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, which is currently under building, will also receive about 54 billion yuan in investment, according to China’s official chinadaily.com.cn on March 27.
According to the story, which was based on information from Tibet Daily and the region’s Development and Reform Commission, the TAR government will spend more than 143 billion yuan ($21 billion) on 191 important initiatives this year.
It was claimed that 8.2 billion yuan would be used to enhance and secure people’s means of subsistence. According to the announcement, projects would build a local observatory, public institutions, public health facilities, and childcare infrastructure.
It was unclear if this involved opening more contentious residential schools with the express purpose of Sinicizing Tibetan children. In spite of harsh, repetitive critiques from UN human rights specialists in their most recent findings, China has supported these institutions.
More than 40% of the initiatives scheduled to start up and resume this year will receive more than 18 billion yuan in funding during the first quarter.
According to the story, among the roughly 54 billion yuan to be allocated to important infrastructure projects are those to refurbish Terminals 1 and 3 at Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport, a number of road and bridge projects, and the development and use of renewable energy in remote areas.
The growth of distinctive industries, such as renewable energy, green industries, tourist building facilities, highland agriculture, and livestock farming, was said to be allocated more than 71 billion yuan.
According to the report, more than 1.2 billion yuan will be spent on green civilization projects, such as waste and trash gathering and dumping systems for cities, as well as projects for security and preservation.