China’s COVID Protests Put the Lie to Xi’s Triumphalism

China’s COVID Protests Put the Lie to Xi’s Triumphalism
Demonstrators hold up blank sheets of paper to protest zero-COVID policies, Beijing, Nov. 27, 2022 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Back in 2020, the West’s initial difficulties in responding effectively to the coronavirus pandemic looked like a propaganda godsend for Beijing. Now, with China’s COVID-19 response triggering the biggest protests the country has seen in decades, it looks like the regime’s effort to capitalize on the pandemic has backfired spectacularly.

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