2000 年 1 月 19 日至 22 日，国务院西部地区开发会议召开。请根据下列提示，用英语写一篇短文，说明西部地区开发的重要意义。
改革开放以来，东部地区发展迅速。中国幅员辽阔，有 56 个民族，要实现中国的现代化，就必须加快西部地区的发展。西部地区资源丰富，但降雨少。在开发西部地区的同时，必须保持生态平衡。应该依靠科技教育，促进西部经济的健康发展。
1. 词数： 100~130 .
3. 提示词：资源— resource ；现代化— modernization .
The Chinese Government has decided to quicken the development of the western region. In recent years， the eastern region of China has been developing rapidly since its reform and opening up to the outside world. But the western region remains undeveloped. China is a large country with 56 nationalities. We must quicken the progress of China as a whole to realize the modernizations. Although the western region is rich in resourses， yet it is short of water. With its development we must keep the balance of nature. Only by relying on science and technology， can we develop the western part of our country soundly.