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Xi’s Covid Zero Strategy Faces Make-or-Break Test in Chengdu

  • Mass lockdown comes just weeks before pivotal party congress
  • Chinese leader has staked his power on preventing virus deaths
Bloomberg business news
China Extends Lockdown in Areas of Chengdu
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has spent years trumpeting Covid Zero as the best way to beat the pandemic. That model is facing a major test, weeks before a crucial meeting that’s expected to hand him a landmark third term in power.

A lockdown in the southwestern megacity of Chengdu could either validate or discredit the strategy. If authorities swiftly stamp out cases by shutting down, mass testing groups and isolating infections, the Chinese leader can tout Chengdu as proof the lives saved by Covid Zero are worth the economic pain.