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China’s Social Media Cheerleaders Also Questioning Covid Zero

  • Posts critiquing Xi’s strategy have largely avoided censors
  • China announced significant changes to strategy on Friday
Increasingly, commentators are wondering aloud about the need for long lockdowns.

Increasingly, commentators are wondering aloud about the need for long lockdowns.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Key pro-China commentators have started raising questions about the country’s Covid Zero policies on social media, another sign officials in the world’s No. 2 economy may be prepping the public for further changes to President Xi Jinping’s signature policy.

The critiques come from people such as Zhou Xiaoping, once praised by Xi for spreading “positive energy,” and Lu Kewen, who is reported to have millions of followers across several social media platforms in China.