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Economic Growth Speed of Central, Western, and Northeastern China Surpasses Eastern Region for First Time
The National Development and Reform Commission recently expressed that in the past five years, the economic growth speed of the central, western, and northeastern regions of China has surpassed that of the eastern region for the first time. It indicated that the trend of an enlarging gap in regional development was basically curbed, and that the growth pattern of regional development was changed from the eastern region taking the lead to the accelerated development of the central and western regions and the harmonious development of all the regions.

In 2005, the Fifth Plenary Session of the Sixteenth Central Committee of the Party established the Regional Coordinated Development Strategy. During the 11th Five-year Plan (2006 - 2010), the economic growth speed of the western region surpassed that of the eastern region for the first time in 2007; in 2008, the economic growth speeds of the central, western, and northeastern regions were quickened all-round, all surpassing that of the eastern region; in 2009, this trend continued, and the growth speeds of the central, western, and northeastern regions were increased by 12.6%, 13.4%, and 11.6% respectively from thesameperiodofthepreviousyear, and were 1.9%, 2.7%, and 0.9% higher than that of the eastern region respectively; in the first three quarters of 2010, the GDP growth speeds of the three regions were still higher than that of the eastern region.

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