THE Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in northwest China has reported a tourist boom after opening its border areas further to the outside world. According to statistics, the multi-nationality region received a total of 230,000 business people and tourists last year, an increase of more than 100,000 over the previous year. Yangtze link comes on line A MICROWAVE telecommunications project linking Yichang in Hubei province to Shanghai along the Yangtze River has been completed and put into operation. The project, with 480 lines, makes possible long-distance direct dialling between ports along the river. Xiamen looks to the future A FUTURES exchange has been opened in the special economic zone of Xiamen on the southeast coast, the People's Daily reports. The exchange is operated by a joint venture called Xiamen Runhong Commodity Futures Co and will participate in the New York and Chicago markets. Power plans under pressure CHINA increased its electricity-generating capacity by 10.8 per cent last year but shortages continued to hinder growth, according to the Beijing Review magazine. China's current five-year plan includes boosting capacity to 200,000 megawatts by 1995 from 138,000 megawatts at the end of 1990. But analysts believe this increase will not keep up with growth in demand. Guangdong leads way GUANGDONG province continued its role as China's booming economic powerhouse in 1992, racking up an 18.7 per cent rise in gross domestic product (GDP) over 1991, the New China News Agency said. The amount of foreign funds used by Guangdong in 1992 hit a record US$4.5 billion, an increase of 74.4 per cent over the preceding year while the value of the province's exports reached $18 billion, an increase of 31.6 per cent, the agency said.