The West Midlands' £2.76 billion export surplus with China has been dubbed "amazing" by the Prime Minister.
The surplus - the amount of goods shipped to the Far East compared to the amount brought in - rose from £1.74 billion in 2013.
Speaking to the Post, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an impressive performance. By comparison, the UK ran an export deficit of more than £20 billion with China in 2014.
He said: "I think it is an amazing statistic. I think we are seeing a private sector revival in the West Midlands.
"If you look at what has has happened since 2010, we have got 127,000 more people in work.
"We have seen a tremendous recovery in the automotive sector. Obviously, Jaguar Land Rover has been leading the charge on that but there are other manufacturers, and component manufacturers, too.
"I think one of the previous times I was here we were looking at the extension of the runway at Birmingham Airport and making sure there were good transport links with China.
"In the so-called boom years, after the year 2000, actually private sector employment in the West Midlands went down, so the last recovery wasn't broadly balanced.
"It wasn't a recovery that benefited the West Midlands. I am determined this time it will be different - I want not just jobs but businesses, investment, manufacturing, science, really taking root in Britain's second city and the industrial heartland of our country."
The West Midlands remained the only UK region without an export deficit with China in 2014, sending out £5.3 billion worth of goods, a 32 per cent rise, and importing £2.5 billion.
The rising surplus with China came as the West Midlands saw exports rise for the sixth successive year, to £28.6 billion worth of goods last year.
HMRC figures show that West Midlands exports also continued to grow to Asia and Oceania: trade worth £7.8 billion; EU: £11.4 billion; Middle East and North Africa: £1.8 billion; and North America: £4.8 billion.