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Xi Gets Tough to Stem Growing Dissent on Covid

People line up at a Covid-19 testing site on Tuesday in Beijing.

People line up at a Covid-19 testing site on Tuesday in Beijing.

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images 

The Communist Party is so opaque that it’s hard to know when dissent is bubbling up through the ranks. But it’s clear things are getting bad when Xi Jinping needs to publicly tell everyone to stop questioning him.

In a meeting yesterday chaired by Xi, China’s seven most powerful figures on the Politburo Standing Committee pledged to “fight against any speech that distorts, questions or rejects our country’s Covid-control policy.” It said the strategy of lockdowns and mass testing “can stand the test of history, and our measures are scientific and effective.”