China’s Short-Lived Zero-COVID Protests Could Have a Lasting Impact

China’s Short-Lived Zero-COVID Protests Could Have a Lasting Impact
Protesters stage a demonstration against China’s zero-Covid policy, in Beijing, China, Nov. 27, 2022 (Yomiuri Shimbun photo via AP Images).

Recent protests in China drew comparisons to the political demonstrations of 1989, as well as to more localized and group-specific protests since 1990. This raises questions of how the present protests differ from previous ones, whether they represent a new type of protest, and how outside policymakers can best respond to them.

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