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This Is How Long Experts See China Clinging on to Covid Zero

Bets on the world's second-largest economy rejoining the world any time soon are fading fast.

Fences surround a neighborhood placed under lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai on Oct. 26.

Fences surround a neighborhood placed under lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai on Oct. 26.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Three years into the pandemic, China is sticking to its Covid Zero policy despite heavy economic costs, growing unrest and isolation from the rest of the world.

Many expected President Xi Jinping to signal a pivot away from what has become a signature policy when he took the podium at the Communist Party’s congress this month. Instead, he defended the zero-tolerance strategy as one that saves lives, but offered no steer on when it’s likely to end.