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Xi Says Social Stability Key in Balancing China Economy, Virus

  • He calls on government to adhere ‘unwaveringly’ to Covid Zero
  • President says it’s important citizens ‘feel reassured’
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Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the need to maintain social stability while balancing the twin goals of snuffing out Covid cases and bolstering the economy, as strict lockdowns spark sporadic unrest and online outrage.

During a visit to the southwestern province of Sichuan, Xi called on his government again to adhere “unwaveringly” to its Covid Zero strategy, while at the same time striking a balance with the needs of the economy and social stability, the Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.