China’s “pairing assistance” programme has helped lift people out of poverty in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, such as through the construction of new resettlement housing sites (above), but it also has resulted in “ghost cities”. Photo: Xinhua
China’s “pairing assistance” programme has helped lift people out of poverty in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, such as through the construction of new resettlement housing sites (above), but it also has resulted in “ghost cities”. Photo: Xinhua
Xinjiang

China’s Xinjiang gets money, talent from ‘pairing assistance’, but is the controversial programme helping?

  • Beijing says that Xinjiang’s people, especially those in ethnic minority groups, benefit from the initiative, which has brought trillions of yuan to the region
  • But the US Department of State says billions in pairing-assistance funding has been used to build factories where alleged labour abuses take place

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China’s “pairing assistance” programme has helped lift people out of poverty in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, such as through the construction of new resettlement housing sites (above), but it also has resulted in “ghost cities”. Photo: Xinhua
China’s “pairing assistance” programme has helped lift people out of poverty in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, such as through the construction of new resettlement housing sites (above), but it also has resulted in “ghost cities”. Photo: Xinhua
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