Vice-Premier Liu Yandong speaks at the meeting. [CCTV]
The Chinese government has allocated 4.6 billion yuan (around U.S.$660 million) this year for development in ethnic areas, an increase of 15 percent from 2015, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission said on Thursday.
Chinese ethnic areas consist of eight provincial-level regions, including Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Tibet autonomous region.
In the first three quarters of 2016, eight ethnic regions had higher major economic indicators than those of eastern provinces, the commission announced at a meeting held on December 22.
Tibet and Guizhou were among the top three nationwide in terms of regional GDP growth.
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