The Xinjiang Economy & Some Thoughts on 'Developing the West'
Calla Wiemer explores the potential -- and problems -- faced by China's far western province of Xinjiang
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Xinjiang represents an extreme among China's provinces not just geographically but economically as well. In terms of per capita income, sectoral composition of industry, net resource inflows, progress in privatization, rural/urban disparity, international trade, and foreign capital inflows -- across the board Xinjiang is an outlier. The reasons for this trace to geography, resource endowments, sociocultural factors, and government policy. A great source of economic potential for Xinjiang and all of Central Asia rests on recovering the region's heritage as a trade and transport corridor linking China with Europe, but the political obstacles to realizing this potential are immense.
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Dr. Calla Wiemer has worked as a freelance consultant on the Chinese economy since 1997. Before that, she served for thirteen years on the University of Hawaii economics faculty. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984, undertaking dissertation research at Nanjing University. She has held visiting affiliations with Peking University, Nankai University, Columbia University, and the Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research and serves on the board of trustees for the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies. Her consulting work has included projects with China's National Bureau of Statistics on improving the measurement of small scale industrial activity for the GDP accounts and with the State Development Planning Commission on building regional economic cooperation with Central Asia. In June, she will take up an appointment as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore.
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