Standing Committee doubles down on "dynamic zero-Covid" and calls for struggle against doubters
The Standing Committee met today and made clear to anyone still not paying attention that it has decided to continue with the "dynamic zero-Covid" policy. “Persistence is victory 坚持就是胜利” the meeting declared.
The readout emphasizes that the current policy is correct:
Practice has proven that our prevention and control policy is determined by the nature and purpose of the Party, our prevention and control policies can stand the test of history, and our prevention and control measures are scientific and effective. We have won the battle to defend Wuhan, and we will certainly be able to win the battle to defend Shanghai.
It is striking that there is no mention of balancing Covid prevention and the economy. The readout makes it clear Xi believes that losing control of the epidemic would cause major economic damage:
China is a country with a large population, a large number of elderly people, unbalanced regional …