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Tibet in 60 Years
Special> Tibet in 60 Years
UPDATED: May 19, 2011 NO. 19, MAY 12, 2011
Statistical Communiqué of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China on the 2010 Regional Economic and Social Development
Tibet Autonomous Region implemented the economic development strategy of promoting the production level of the primary industry, attaching importance to key sectors of the secondary industry, and vigorously developing the tertiary industry. The region witnessed sound and rapid economic development, the quality of life there improved significantly, and new achievements were made in all social undertakin

In 2010, investment in real estate development was 896 billion yuan, down 43.1 percent year on year. The floor space of buildings under construction totaled 752,600 square meters, decreasing 46.5 percent over the previous year. The floor space of completed buildings was 121,800 square meters, down 73.5 percent, and the total sales of commercial residential buildings reached 193,700 square meters, falling 69.4 percent from the previous year.

V. Domestic Trade

In 2010, the total retail sales of consumer goods reached 18.08 billion yuan, an increase of 18.7 percent from the previous year. Retail sales of consumer goods in urban areas increased 17.3 percent to 13.33 billion yuan, and retail sales of consumer goods in rural areas was 4.76 billion yuan, up 22.6 percent. Analyzed by different sectors, wholesale and retail trade sales reached 15.31 billion yuan, a growth of 19.5 percent; sales in the lodging and catering industry was 2.78 billion yuan, up 18.7 percent from a year ago.

Of the total retail sales by wholesale and retail enterprises above the designated size, retail sales of petroleum products went up 28.3 percent; that of western and traditional Chinese medicine soared 68.2 percent; that of cosmetics edged up 15.9 percent; that of electric products and equipment soared 61.8 percent, and that of automobiles rose 26.6 percent.

VI. Foreign Trade

The total value of imports and exports reached $835.94 million in 2010, rising 1.1 times from that of 2009. Of this total, the value of exports was $771.02 million, skyrocketing 110 percent from the previous year, and the value of imports increased 1.4 times to reach $64.92 million.

Small-scale border trade doubled to reach $500.55 million, accounting for 59.9 percent of the total trade value. Of this amount, exports increased 100 percent to $497.65 million; and imports fell 17.5 percent to $2.9 million.

In 2010, the value of trade with other Asian countries totaled $617.59 million, up 80.5 percent; trade with Europe soared 2.4 times from a year ago to reach $112.22 million; trade with North America grew 3.7 times to $54.51 million; and trade with Oceania edged up 25.8 percent to $2.9 million.

In 2010, two foreign direct investment (FDI) projects were approved. Contracted FDI reached $21.01 million, and paid-in FDI reached $24.34 million.

VII. Transportation, Post and Telecommunications, and Tourism

In 2010, the total freight traffic volume reached 9.83 million tons, up 3.9 percent from the previous year. Of this total, freight traffic volume of highways rose 3.5 percent to 9.52 million tons; that of railways went up 31.1 percent to 299,000 tons; that of air transportation grew 8.1 percent to 14,700 tons; and that of pipeline transportation decreased 13.9 percent to 130,000 tons. In 2010, the total passenger traffic volume increased 4.3 percent to 83.04 million persons. Of this total, that of highways rose 4.0 percent to 80.66 million persons; that of railways went up 19.2 percent to 882,000 persons; and that of air transportation surged 16.9 percent to 1.54 million persons.

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