Six inland provinces of Shanxi, Anhui, Henan, Jiangxi, Hunan and Hubei lie at the heart of central China. They enjoy a combined geographical advantage, with a combined population and economic volume of over 28% and 20% of the national total, respectively. The six provinces make up a base of China's grain production, energy and raw materials and is also the center of the country's comprehensive transportation network. They play an important role in China's overall economic and social development.
To make central China to rise is another strategic decision made by the Chinese government, following its earlier decisions to give priority to the development of the eastern region, to implement the western development strategy and to rejuvenate the old industrial bases in the northeast. It is yet another key task in implementing China's overall strategy of promoting a coordinated development of different regions.
The rise of central China holds a big significance in forming a new pattern in which the eastern, central and western parts of the country can interact and complement each other and contribute to each other's development. The Chinese government has paid increasing attention to the rise of the central part in recent years. The government's 11th five-year plan states that the central region should upgrade its industrial structure and boost industrialization and urbanization by making better use of its geographical and industrial advantages.
(CRIENGLISH.com September 20, 2007)