China: project to expand Ürümqi Airport
An investment of $ 6 billion
The Chinese government has approved the project for the expansion of Ürümqi airport, in the Xinjiang region, which will be used as the focal point and fulcrum of the cargo planes in the "Belt and Road" initiative. The cost is around 6 billion dollars and work should end in 2030, when in Ürümqi should be able to transit 63 million passengers, but above all 750,000 tons of goods per year; to do this in the program there is the construction of two new tracks, a terminal and an area used for storage. The project for Xinjiang airport will cost half of the new Beijing airport, but it is an outlay considered necessary by the Chinese government given the presence of oil and minerals in the area that could thus be exported without major difficulties and faster.
The investment will probably be repaid by the commercial initiative desired by the president of China Xi Jinping, which through the support of a dense network of airports, roads, railways and ports with countries all over the world should allow Chinese industries to increase the already impressive exports. Moreover, the construction of the airport will also serve to "modify" the ethnic and religious background of Xinjiang, currently predominantly Muslim, on the false line of what has already been done in Tibet, giving way to Beijing to increase control over what is also a of the most turbulent regions of China.
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