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China’s Zero-Covid Policy to Stay Into 2023, US Envoy Says

  • Companies hesitant to invest amid Covid policy uncertainties
  • Shanghai lockdown prompted many to leave China, Burns says
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China’s stringent “zero Covid” policy of travel restrictions and city-wide lockdowns is likely to stretch into next year, and is actively discouraging American and European investment in China, the US ambassador to the country said.

“My honest assumption is that we’ll see the continuation of ‘zero Covid’ probably into the beginning months of 2023 -- that’s what the Chinese government is signaling,”  Nicholas Burns, the American envoy in Beijing, said during an online event on Thursday.