Xinjiang on Two Sessions: Stability brings economic growth
By CGTN’s Su Yuting
Stability is crucial to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s development, lawmakers from the region said at their panel discussions on Tuesday during the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC).
Stability brings economic growth, said Shohrat Zakir, chairman of Xinjiang's regional government, noting the northwest China’s autonomous region has been a popular tourist destination.
Tourism, which is a barometer of Xinjiang's stability and harmony, has witnessed a 32.4 percent year-on-year increase, he said, as the region attracted more than 100 million tourists in 2017.  
For better development, other effective measures have also been taken to carry out the targeted poverty alleviation policies.
"According to the requirements of high-quality growth, we will continue to seek new growth drivers," said Wang Gang, mayor of Karamay.
As an oil-rich city in northwest China, Karamay has been dependent on oil production in the past. 
But Wang said that local government will seek new technologies to advance supply-side structural reform and upgrade the development model.