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Why the World Needs China’s Covid-Zero Policy

The alternative is a massive surge in infections and deaths that could bring global supply chains to a halt, sending inflation higher.

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Over the past two years, China’s zero-tolerance policy of lockdowns, mass testing, and strict border quarantines for Covid-19 has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.

If consumers and businesses want to continue to buy goods made in China without having to endure shortages and further price hikes, they should want China to stick with its “Covid-zero” policy, as President Xi Jinping does.