Zeng Qinghong, China's vice President, said the
development of Inner Mongolia, China's first national autonomous
region, has set an example for implementing the autonomous system
of ethnic regions in China yesterday.
A special evening was held on July 29th in Beijing to celebrate
the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Inner
Mongolia autonomous region.
Before the evening, Zeng Qinghong met some retired officials who
had worked in Inner Mongolia, and praised their contributions to
the prosperity of the region.
Zeng Qinghong said that he hopes they can continue their care
for the development of Inner Mongolia, and extend their further
support to help build a more beautiful, prosperous and harmonious
Inner Mongolia has made great strides in various social aspects
over the past 60 years. Figures show that the region's GDP increase
speed ranked first in China over the 2001 to 2005 period, with an
average annual growth rate of over 17 percent.
Nowadays, Inner Mongolia has become China's important production
base of agricultural and husbandry products, as well as of energy
and raw materials.
(Xinhua News Agency July 30, 2007)