Politburo meeting: February 25, 2022
中共中央政治局召开会议 讨论政府工作报告 审议《关于十九届中央第八轮巡视情况的综合报告》《关于2021年中央巡视工作领导小组重点工作情况的报告》 中共中央总书记习近平主持会议
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee convened a meeting. It discussed the draft Government Work Report and deliberated the Comprehensive Report on the Eighth Round of Inspection Tours of the 19th Central Committee and the Report on the 2021 Priority Work of the Central Leading Group for Inspection Work. The General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Xi Jinping, presided over the meeting.
This post is published in partnership with the Open Source Analysis Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Introduction and Translation by Adam Ni
The Politburo met on Friday (February 25) and looked at three documents:
1. draft Government Work Report;
2. Comprehensive Report on the Eighth Round of Inspection Tours of the 19th Central Committee; and
3. Report on the 2021 Priority Work of the Central Leading Group for Inspection Work.
Premier Li Keqiang will be delivering the Government Work Report at the annual session of the National People's Congress (starting March 5). This Politburo meeting discussed a draft version of this report. Note that this report relates to government work (centred on economic and social development) and not Party work (although the boundary between the two is blurry at times).
For those wanting to know more about Chinese economic policy, and what Li will be saying at the National People's Congress, I recommend you go through the Politburo readout (translated below).
The assessments, themes and signals on government work from the Politburo meeting are largely consistent with what came out of the State Council's 6th plenum held on January 19.
However, there is one exception, concerning the risks confronted by the Chinese economy. At the State Council plenum, Li stated that: “[China’s] economy is currently facing new downward pressures and uncertainties have grown in number”. No such language came out of the Politburo meeting.