With the implementation of the country's strategy of central China rejuvenation and invigorating the northeast, the economy in the two areas has been growing fast, Vice Minister of Commerce Liao Xiaoqi said on Saturday.
"In the first half of this year, the major economic indexes in the two regions grew at two-digit rates," he said at the Tenth China International Fair for Investment and Trade held in Xiamen, east China's Fujian Province.
Official figures show that in the first half of this year, gross domestic products (GDP) in the three northeast provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning reached 779.91 billion yuan (97.5billion U.S. dollars), up 12.2 percent over the same period last year. It was 1.2 percentage points higher than national average growth.
Meanwhile, the six provinces in central China witnessed their GDP rise 12.7 percent to 1,883.96 billion yuan.
The foreign trade of the three provinces in the northeast grew 13.5 percent to 30.4 billion U.S. dollars, and that of central six provinces grew 19.39 percent to 49.55 billion U.S. dollars.
The two regions have improved the quality and structure of foreign investment they attracted since the Chinese government took macro-control policies in 2005, Liao said.
Figures show in the first seven months this year, the contracted foreign investment in central and northeast China reached 9.895 and 7.395 billion U.S. dollars, up 26.45 and 17.04 percent year on year.
The Chinese government will continue to make efficient use of foreign investment, and give more support to central and northeast China, Liao said.