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In reality, the ancient trade route between East Asia and Europe is reviving along with roaring freight trains and trucks, more than a millennium after it faded into obscurity due to frequent wars and the rise of sea transportation.


Located in China's far west but in the middle of the Silk Road, Xinjiang is ready to embrace the revival as China launched the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative two years ago with aims to boost infrastructure and trade between China, Central Asia and Europe.


Yawuz Selim, a 38-year-old Turkish businessman, is one of many who are finding their fortune in Xinjiang.


Selim realized that Turkey's products were very popular in Xinjiang during his first visit to the regional capital of Urumqi in 2012. He set up a children's clothing store in the city the next year after he quit the job as an accountant in Istanbul.


"I hope to bring top quality Turkish dresses to Xinjiang and expand my business eastward, where there is more purchasing power Cheap Special Field Air Force 1 UK ," he said.


PIVOT OF NEW SILK ROAD


When a Han Dynasty emperor sent his envoy Zhang Qian on a diplomatic mission to Central Asia more than 2,000 years ago, he set in motion an economic miracle.


The Silk Road evokes a resplendent past of trade uniting the people and cultures as Asia and Europe. Now, China is pursuing an ambitious plan to revive these trading links with its neighbors, extending all the way to the eastern Mediterranean.


As the bridgehead, Xinjiang plays an important role, thanks to its geopolitical,cultural and resource advantages.


With cargo trains now linking Chinese cities with Europe Cheap Lunar Force 1 UK , trade volume at northwest Xinjiang's Alataw Pass on the Kazakhstan border reached 25 million tonnes last year, after an average growth of 27 percent since 1991.


South Xinjiang's largest city of Kashgar, center of the Uygur civilization and once an important staging post along the Silk Road, continues to attract tourists with its architecture, mosques and craftsmen.


At the same time, impressive buildings are rising to the east of the old town. Eighteen high-rises, including two 58-storey skyscrapers, are planned by the Kashgar government.


Expectations are high in Kashgar. Projects such as the China-Pakistan and China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railways Cheap Air Force 1 White Mid UK , though still in the discussion phase, have excited government officials and local people alike.


Already with direct flights to Islamabad, there are plans for scheduled flights to central Asia and Turkey. The city has never concealed its intention to emulate the success of Shenzhen in south China, which took the lead in assisting Kashgar's development because of a pairing program.


In 2010, the slogan "Shenzhen in the east, Kashgar in the west" became emblematic of the city's new status as an special economic zone. Just as Shenzhen's success relies heavily on neighboring Hong Kong, Kashgar plans to work closely with its own neighbors: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Cheap Air Force 1 White Low UK , Afghanistan and Pakistan. A tariff-free zone to the north of Kashgar Airport opened in April.


At a workshop in the zone, hundreds of local Uygur men and women assemble data cables and mobile phone chargers. An eye-catching billboard hangs on the wall of the Zhanbo Electronics Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Guangdong-based Sike Electronics Company. It reads "train 10,000 youths, employ them and help 10,000 households out of poverty."


The company currently exports 30 percent of its products to India and Pakistan. Xiong Fengling, chief financial officer of the company, said Cheap Air Force 1 White UK , "We come here for the geographic advantages."


"The Silk Road is awakened after a long period of slumber," said Gabriella Bonino, 62, an Italian who arrived in Kashgar after months of travel along the Silk Road.


"Townships along the route have become big cities," said Bonino, who is writing a book about the new Silk Road, is much different from that described by her countryman Marco Polo some 700 year ago.


REGIONAL AUTONOMY


Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with a population of 22 million from 47 ethnic groups Cheap Air Force 1 Off White UK , will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Thursday. A system of ethnic regional autonomy was established in Xinjiang when it was founded on Oct. 1, 1955.


All ethnic groups enjoy the right to vote, education, use their own language and inherit their traditions, as well as the right of equal participation in state affairs and the right to religious belief.


In 2014, the 550 deputies to the 12th People's Congress of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the local legislature, came from 14 ethnic groups Cheap Air Force 1 Mid UK , with 66 percent from ethnic minorities themselves, according to a white paper issued by the State Council Information Office last Thursday.


In 1955, the number of ethnic minority officials in Xinjiang was 46,000, which increased to 417,000 in 2014, accounting for 51.4 percent of the total officials in the region. The incumbent head of the regional government is Shohrat Zakir, a 62-year-old Uygur man.


Marked improvement has been observed in Xinjiang's overall strength. Its gross regional product reached 927 billion yuan (146 billion U.S. dollars)in 2014 Cheap Air Force 1 Low Womens UK , a 116-fold increase over that of 1955 in real terms, with an annual growth rate of 8.3 percent, 0.2 percentage points higher than China's average during the same period.


Experience has proved that the combination of centralized national leadership with ethnic regional autonomy, and the combination of ethnic factors with regional ones fully accord with the prevailing situation in China and with the realities and needs of Xinjiang.


PURSUIT OF LONG-TERM STABILITY


Though Xinjiang has developed rapidly in the past decade, terrorism in the name of "jihad" has increa

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