Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi said on Thursday that the central
China region should strive to be the best destination for companies
looking to transfer their industrial operations.
Wu made the remark when announcing the opening of the Exposition
Central China 2007 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan
"Promoting the rise of the central region is integral to China's
overall development strategy and the exposition will be continued
in the long run to attract more investment from the outside world,"
The ongoing industrial transfer from the economically developed
eastern China and foreign countries to central and western China
meet the needs of both sides for further development, said Wu.
The six provinces of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and
Shanxi, covering an area of 1.03 million square km and with a
population of 361 million, have great economic potential and their
advantages in attracting foreign capital, said Wu.
The central region should become a competitive manufacturing and
high-tech base as well as a major exporter of energy, raw materials
and labor resources, said Wu.
The first Expo Central China was held in Changsha, capital of
Hunan Province, in September 2006.
(Xinhua News Agency April 27, 2007)