Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has only recently become one of the most important energy producers in China. In 2009, Xinjiang produced more natural gas than any other province, the fourth most crude oil in China, and large amounts of coal. As a result, the region’s GDP almost doubled from 2004 to 2009. Xinjiang also claims a thriving agriculture sector, particularly famed for its fruits and produce including grapes, melons, and walnuts.
While the discovery of natural resources has certainly been a boost for the province, these resources remain scattered about an uninhabited and undeveloped landscape. Development in areas of production and transportation will be necessary to harness the region’s economic growth.
Bole Border Economic Cooperation Area
Shihezi Border Economic Cooperation Area
Tacheng Border Economic Cooperation Area
Urumqi Economic & Technological Development Zone
Urumqi Export Processing Zone
Urumqi New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
Yining Border Economic Cooperation Area