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Key expressway to be built in Xinjiang
2005-08-21 00:28:25 XinhuaEnglish

URUMQI, Aug. 21(Xinhuanet)-- Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China plans to build an expressway which serves as an important passage leading to central and western Asia as well as eastern Africa and Europe.

The expressway, totaling 296.5 km. in length, links Korlar with Kuqa in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The project is to cost an investment of 3.6 billion yuan(about444 million US dollars). Apart from government allocation and self-raised funds, the region will apply for an estimate 200 million US dollars in loan from the Bank of Asia.

Xinjiang invested 33.4 billion yuan(4.02 billion US dollars)in road construction from 2001 to 2005, more than double the amount it had injected in the last five decades of the 20th century. Enditem

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