CCP pronouncements accompanying the recent amendments to the Law on Regional National Autonomy demonstrate that the Go West project and the LRNA are inextricably intertwined.
214) The LRNA, however, does nothing to actualize such aspirations.
215) While the revised LRNA takes the important step of addressing compensation for resource exploitation, the law quietly shifts control of resources and agricultural products to the central government.
One of the more significant changes to the LRNA is not an added provision, but rather an article that the new law does not include.
Other Go West inspired changes to the LRNA are merely statements of existing policy--allowing the CCP to wave the banner of progress and generosity without loosening the reigns of political control.
Revisions to the LRNA do, however, offer a kernel of hope for Xinjiang's large and decrepit state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
The revised LRNA offers no clear prescription for accomplishing its expressed commitment to autonomous areas--none of the changes expand, or even address autonomy.
The recent revisions to the LRNA and the new tax laws are consistent with the two-pronged strategy of loudly granting Xinjang preferential economic policies, while quietly recentralizing fiscal and decision-making powers.