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China to boost spending on Tibet farming: Report

January 28, 2008

BEIJING: 25 Jan 2008 (AFP) - China will increase spending on
impoverished Tibetan farming and herding communities by nearly a third
this year, state media said on Friday.

Authorities in the Himalayan region will earmark about two billion yuan
(USD 275) for development of low-income rural areas, a rise of 29.5 per
cent from 2007, a Chinese news agency reported.

Roughly, a third of the money will be spent on building new brick houses
for 52,000 farmers and herders, partly in an effort to make them settle
down, the news agency said.

The rest will be invested in items as diverse as water and power supply
and job creation for unemployed rural workers, according to the agency.

China, which has ruled Tibet since 1951 and has violently crushed
protests there against its rule, claims it has brought far greater
prosperity to the region than it could have accomplished on its own.
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