Chinese officials announced plans to develop the country’s western provinces as the center of its energy industry and reformed the resource tax on oil, coal and natural gas extraction so that more of the tax revenue remains in the provinces.

One of the provinces is the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in northwest China, which experienced ethnic riots last year that left 200 dead.

The plans entail investing $100 billion in 23 infrastructure projects, including railways, roads, airports,

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