Central Economic Work Conference

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The Central Economic Working Conference (simplified Chinese: 中央经济工作会议; traditional Chinese: 中央經濟工作會議) is an annual meeting held in the People's Republic of China which sets the national agenda for the Economy of China and its financial and banking sectors. It is convened by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council[1] following themes, keywords, set by the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China.[2] As of 2012, the meetings, which are closed, were being held for 2 or 3 days during the 2nd or 3rd week of December.[1]

The keywords for the December, 2012 conference were "healthy development"; in 2011 they were "steady growth". The theme healthy development reflects a change in concern from mere growth to restructuring of the economy in sustainable ways.[2] Dealing with overreaching by "privileged people", anti-corruption efforts, was one theme expressed by official Chinese media.[3]


The 2012 conference was held over the weekend of December 15 and 16th. It was attended by all members of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China as well as outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao. A summary of the proceedings was published by Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency.[4] Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Li Keqiang, incoming Premier of the People's Republic of China, addressed the conference. Increased urbanization was projected as a path to increasing domestic demand as a pathway to shifting emphasis to internal rather than export demand.[5]


  1. ^ a b Huang Chen (December 11, 2012). "Role of China's Economic Work Conferences: These December policy meetings indicate future policy direction". Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal. Caixin Online. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Wang Xinyuan (December 14, 2012). "Economic Work Conference to be held". Global Times. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Li Jingrong (December 15, 2012). "High expectations for Central Economic Work Conference". China.org.cn. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Keith Bradsher (December 16, 2012). "China Plans on Continuity in Economic Policy in 2013". The New York Times. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "China Targets Urbanization, Reforms in Central Economic Work Conference". Caijing.Com. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012.