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How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy? – The Diplomat

A flag with the logo of China’s Communist Party flies as people line up for COVID-19 tests at a testing site in an office complex in Beijing, Friday, April 29, 2022.

Credit: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

China’s fight with COVID-19 has entered a new round. Following the country’s most severe outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, President Xi Jinping has instructed officials to double down on his signature “zero COVID” policy of strictly testing, tracing, and isolating positive cases. Drawing on Mao-era terminology, Xi declared that “perseverance is victory” in what he has dubbed a “people’s war” against COVID-19.

Xi’s latest words also signal an unprecedented level of political sensitivity around his maximum suppression strategy. In a warning against dissent, Xi called on officials to “resolutely struggle” against those who “distort, question or negate our nation’s pandemic containment…

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