China's Latest COVID Outbreak Strains CCP Zero-Covid Measures
China is enduring another large wave of COVID-19 infections, and the zero-covid policies of the Chinese Communist Party are stoking discontent and frustration among the Chinese people.
For Context: China’s pandemic policies are aimed at containing the spread of COVID and eliminating the virus altogether. This leads to mass quarantines, testing, and lockdowns, which have greatly hampered a Chinese economy reliant on manufacturing-exports. Recently, a fire in Xinjiang, the westernmost region of the country, killed 10 people. Outlets reported onlookers blaming lockdown measures for the authority’s delayed response to the fire. The fire led to a rare wave of anti-lockdown protests, which the CCP responded to by announcing an ease of lockdown measures. This past week in Zhengzhou, striking workers at the largest iPhone manufacturing factory in the world clashed with police over COVID concerns and payment delays.
Key Quotes: Reuters (Center Bias) quoted Dali Yang, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, stating, “during the first two years of COVID, people trusted the government to make the best decisions to keep them safe from the virus. Now people are increasingly asking tough questions and are wary about following orders.” Another Reuters article quoted Oxford Economics senior economist Louise Loo stating, “we expect officials to be able to respond swiftly to stem the social risk of escalating protests.”
How the Media Covered It: China’s troubles are being covered across the spectrum, with domestic outlets focusing on the American economic implications of more lockdown measures in China.
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From the Left10 killed in apartment fire in northwest China’s Xinjiang
A fire in an apartment building in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region killed 10 people and injured nine, authorities said Friday, amid stringent lockdowns that have left many residents in the area stuck in their homes for more than three months.
The fire broke out Thursday night in the regional capital of Urumqi, where temperatures have dropped below freezing after dark.
Flames spread upward from the 15th floor to the 17th floor, with smoke billowing up to the 21st floor, according to multiple state media reports. The blaze took around three...
From the CenterChina's COVID storm
A new COVID calamity is hammering China, with a surge in infections prompting a return of lockdowns, including in some manufacturing areas that supply the West.
China reported a record number of infections this week, amid lockdowns and mass testing that are fueling unrest and darkening the country's economic outlook. Schools in Beijing returned to online teaching.
Why it matters: In addition to the human misery for the world's most populous country, the effects will be felt around the globe, Axios China author Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports from Taipei.
From the RightChina’s Xinjiang region eases pandemic restrictions after lockdown protests
Authorities in China’s far western Xinjiang region opened up some neighborhoods in the capital, Urumqi, on Saturday in response to protests opposing the city’s prolonged COVID-19 lockdown.
The move came after displays of public defiance over a deadly Friday night fire in an apartment compound that killed 10. Emergency workers took three hours to extinguish the blaze, a delay many attributed to obstacles caused by anti-virus measures. Large crowds of protestors later shouted down hazmat-suited guards in defiance.
Authorities said the building’s residents were able to go downstairs, but videos...