nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi
ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.
To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav
ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t
hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.
n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr
y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting, at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He
nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.
Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis
ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac
hieving the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Xi said that although China is still in an important period of strategic opp
ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.
Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility
The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala
ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr
otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.
“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma
rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi
ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.
Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do
llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h