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Xi Moves to Silence Covid Zero Critics in Sign of Brewing Tumult

  • China’s top leaders warn against questioning key Xi strategy
  • Pressure builds as Xi prepares for key leadership reshuffle
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China Warns Against Questioning Covid Zero Strategy
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China’s top leaders warned against questioning Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero strategy, striking a more defensive tone as pressure builds to relax virus curbs and protect the economic growth that has long been a source of Communist Party strength. 

The Politburo’s supreme seven-member Standing Committee pledged Thursday during a meeting led by Xi to “fight against any speech that distorts, questions or rejects our country’s Covid-control policy,” state broadcaster China Central Television said. The body reaffirmed its support for the lockdown-dependent approach, noting that China has been continuously calibrating measures since the first outbreak two years ago in Wuhan.