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China Meeting to Set 2019 Economic Polices Will Start Dec. 19

  • Politburo signals continued focus on financial risks
  • Ceremony marking 40 years of reform planned for Dec. 18
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China’s leaders will hold their annual economic policy-setting meeting from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, according to people briefed on the plans, as pressure mounts on Beijing to address U.S. concerns over market access before a March 1 deadline for trade talks.

At a meeting of the Politburo Thursday led by President Xi Jinping, top leaders signaled that campaigns announced last year against financial risk, pollution and poverty will continue. The nation should further stabilize employment, finance, trade, foreign investment and boost market confidence in 2019, according to a statement published by the official Xinhua news agency.