Note: Here is the translation of a video circulating on the internet, presented by a Chinese lady, discussing which Chinese province should be approached with the utmost caution. The translation was done by Mt Zunun.
Which Chinese province should be approached with the utmost caution?
Xinjiang holds this distinction, and people across the country should express gratitude to this province for its significant contributions. Xinjiang plays a crucial role in sustaining China's energy needs, with 30% of the country's oil originating from this region. Without Xinjiang, automobile oil prices would skyrocket. The West-East Gas Pipeline, fueled by Xinjiang's natural gas, ensures 34% of the country's total supply. Air conditioning and heating would be compromised without Xinjiang, which also accounts for 40% of the country's coal reserves, converted into electrical energy and transported to the mainland through the West-East Power Transmission System due to high transportation costs.
In the early days of liberation, the Keketuohai Mine was discovered in the Altay region, aiding the country in repaying the foreign debt of the former Soviet Union. It provided raw materials for two bombs, both successfully detonated in the uninhabited land of Lop Nur, Xinjiang.
Do you comprehend the strategic importance of Xinjiang? Why did Zuo Zongtang vow to recapture Xinjiang at any cost? Xinjiang, situated at the crossroads of Asia, serves as a crucial channel for external exchanges, connecting Mongolia in the east, Russia in the south, and the five Central Asian countries in the west. The terrain of Xinjiang is easily defensible but difficult to attack, with the Altai Mountains in the north, Kunlun Mountains in the south, and Tianshan Mountains in the middle. To the west, natural dangers such as the Pamir Plateau pose significant obstacles. Losing Xinjiang would expose the Central Plains.
In the late Qing Dynasty, Zuo Zongtang symbolically carried a coffin in his quest to regain Xinjiang. Following Xinjiang's liberation, the first generation of Corps members cultivated and guarded border wasteland, transforming it into fertile farmland.
Xinjiang is a powerhouse in agriculture, contributing 87% of the country’s cotton, 1/5 of its peppers, and over 1/3 of its sugar beets. A significant portion of the country's red dates comes from Xinjiang, known for producing some of the world's sweetest fruits, including grapes from Turpan, cantaloupes from Hami, apples from Aksu, pears from Korla, and jujubes from Hotan.
Even tomatoes found their perfect home in Xinjiang, which produces over 90% of the country's tomatoes. Out of every four bottles of tomato sauce, one originates from Xinjiang. Authentic Xinjiang tomato sauce boasts a rich flavor due to the region's unique climate conditions. While you may have heard of Xinjiang’s tomato sauce, tasting it is another experience, as 90% is exported to European countries. The sauce has no water, sugar, coloring, or preservatives, making it ideal for use in soups or stir-fried vegetables.