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Why Xi Jinping reversed his zero-Covid policy in China

By Lingling Wei, Jonathan Cheng

04 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

The WSJ has a detailed deep dive into the events that forced the Chinese leadership to dismantle the zero-COVID policy overnight and how the Party Congress had a role to play in it.

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BEIJING—By the end of an otherwise triumphant Communist Party Congress for Xi Jinping in October, it was growing harder for China’s leader to argue that his zero-Covid policy was working.

Reports were flowing into central government headquarters of rising infections nationwide, a surge taking place despite the strict lockdowns that had kept Covid-19 at bay for most of the prior three years, according to officials and government advisers close to Beijing’s decision-making.

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