China’s National Economy Reached New Levels in 2022

China’s economy remained stable in 2022 with steady growth. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the gross domestic product (GDP) was 121,020.7 billion yuan in 2022, an increase of 3.0 percent over last year at constant prices. Imports and exports of goods totaled  42,067.8 billion yuan,up 7.7 percent from the year before.The total output of  grain was 686.53 million tons, an increase of 3.68 million tons over the previous year, or up by 0.5 percent.

This economic performance was hard won, given the scale of the world’s second-largest economy, which surpassed 100 trillion yuan and 110 trillion yuan in 2020 and 2021, respectively, as well as headwinds from COVID-19 and downward pressure in the global economy.

To our understanding, there are several reasons for the achievements:

One of the key drivers of China’s economic growth is the country’s rapidly expanding middle class. The nationwide per capita disposable income of high-income group was 90,116 yuan. The growing middle-class drives increased consumer spending, significantly contributing to economic growth.

The Chinese government also took steps to promote economic stability and growth. For example, the government has implemented policies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and invest in infrastructure and technology. These efforts are expected to help boost economic growth in the coming years.

In addition to these factors, China’s manufacturing sector is expected to continue driving economic growth. The country is home to many of the world’s leading manufacturers, and as a result, it is a major exporter of goods.

The experience of past 10 years shows that China has always taken economic development as the primary and central task, and always made establishing a socialist market economy the direction of its reform. It also pursues innovation-driven development. Opening-up, as a basic state policy, is a catalyst of reform and development, and a key driver of economic progress in China.

China is also stepping up efforts to foster a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. 

Overall, while there may be some challenges and uncertainty in the global economy, the China’s economic growth will most likely return to its normal trend, especially after China readjusted its COVID-19 policy, and the Chinese economy will see a significant improvement in 2023.  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded its forecast for China’s gross domestic product growth for 2023,projecting the economy will expand 5.5% this year, up from 5.2% previously. 

“In the second half of the year, I think that the Chinese economy is going to be on fire and that is going to be very, very important for the rest of the world,” Said, Chairman José Viñals, of Standard the Chartered Bank

This is good news for the country’s businesses, citizens, and the global economy as a whole. As China continues to grow and develop, it will surely play an increasingly important role in the global economy in the years to come.