The 2022 Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing between December 15 and 16. This note is separated into three sections: 1) briefing, 2) translation of the meeting readout, and 3) annotations on the meeting readout.
Since 1994, the conference has been held annually, usually in December. The conference is attended by leaders from the central and provincial party and state organs, the military and state-owned enterprises.
The conference serves three official functions:
1. reviewing the current year’s economic policy work;
2. analysing the current economic situation; and
3. making arrangements for economic policy work for the next year.
Importantly, the conference readout presents Beijing’s official public assessment of China's economic situation and its economic policy priorities for the upcoming year.
This year's Central Economic Work Conference was held amid uncertainties about China's economic outlook and the COVID situation.
We have some pretty clear signals from the conference on Beijing's assessment of the economic situation and policy priorities for 2023. First, let's see how Beijing's assessment has changed over the last year: