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Chinese region to get $4.5 billion upgrade

The Chinese government is to invest $4.5 billion on new airport projects in the far western region of Xinjiang over the next five years, according to state media.

The Chinese government is to invest $4.5 billion on new airport projects in the far western region of Xinjiang over the next five years, according to state media.

Xinhua news agency reports that the government will build four new airports and expand or relocate six others, so that by 2015 Xinjiang will have 22 airports handling civil flights.

The number of passengers using Xinjiang's airports are expected to almost double by 2015 compared with 2010, to around 20mppa, it adds

Energy-rich Xinjiang is strategically located at the crossroads of Central Asia, and Beijing has shown its determination to keep a tight grip on the region, which has been wracked by ethnic unrest in recent years.

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