Skip to content

China’s Year of Stability Turns Shaky for Xi

Workers from a public service organization deliver vegetables to residents of a Shanghai neighborhood in lockdown on March 29.
Workers from a public service organization deliver vegetables to residents of a Shanghai neighborhood in lockdown on March 29.

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP

So much for the year of stability in China.

Coming into 2022, the mantra among Beijing watchers was all about how policy makers would strive for calm in a year when the Communist Party will hold a leadership meeting where President Xi Jinping is widely expected to extend his rule.