A grand meeting was held Saturday in Urumqi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, transformed from a military troops 50 years ago.
Entrusted by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, State Councilor Hua Jianmin attended the meeting and read a letter of congratulations from the central authorities.
The letter speaks highly of the contributions made by the corps to the development and stability in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, over the past half century and called on it to make further contributions.
Soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the central government decided to turn most parts of the military troops there into a production and construction corps, which shoulders the dual task of production and security.
Over the past 50 years, the corps has transformed vast bare wasteland into new oasis and built a number of modern towns, including Shihezi and Wujiaqu.
To date, the corps has a population of 2.54 million, more than 1,500 enterprises and complete systems of education, scientific research, culture, health, finance and insurance.
Besides production, the corps has often participated in disaster relief activities in the northwestern region.