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Covid Zero Challenge Spells Trouble for Xi

A screen displaying a Covid-19 awareness program at a subway station in Shanghai.

A screen displaying a Covid-19 awareness program at a subway station in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

This isn’t the way Xi Jinping wanted to start 2022.

In Xi’an, China is witnessing its worst Covid outbreak since the virus emerged, and the ancient city has been locked down for two weeks battling the delta variant.