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China Trumpets Xi’s Covid Zero as the Only Way Before Communist Party Congress

  • People’s Daily publishes Covid Zero defense for a third day
  • Policy has exacted an increasingly heavy social, economic toll
Residents get tested during the mass Covid-19 screening in Chongqing on Oct. 8.
Residents get tested during the mass Covid-19 screening in Chongqing on Oct. 8.Photographer: Zhao Junchao/Feature China/Future Publishing/Getty Images
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China is doubling down on its defense of the controversial Covid Zero policy, reinforcing its commitment to a strategy that’s become a hallmark of Xi Jinping’s rule as the president prepares for a key Communist Party meeting where his leadership will be solidified. 

For the third day this week, the influential People’s Daily newspaper -- regarded as the mouthpiece of the party -- mounted a strident defense of the country’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus, which deploys lockdowns, border curbs and frequent testing to suppress the virus and stop transmission.