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COVID protests expose cracks in Communist China’s fortress; setback for President Xi’s quest to become world’s most powerful leader

The fortress of Communist China has begun to show cracks a month after Xi Jinping received an unprecedented third-term mandate from a rubber-stamp 20th national party congress.

By wasmulhaq 
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Beijing: The fortress of Communist China has begun to show cracks a month after Xi Jinping received an unprecedented third-term mandate from a rubber-stamp 20th national party congress. Frustrated Han Chinese has started to raise slogans against the party and the core leader in Shanghai.

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While numerous civil disobedience demonstrations against the draconian zero-tolerance policies of the Xi Jinping regime have broken out in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, the total crackdown in restive provinces like Tibet and Xinjiang has ensured that hardly any noise comes out of these territories.

Last Friday’s demonstrations in Urumqi, the capital of the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang province, were sparked by a fatal fire that enraged locals who had tolerated more than 100 days of COVID lockdown. Comments on social media claimed that severe COVID restrictions caused the deaths of ten people.

However, the demonstrations clouded President Xi’s ascent to the role of paramount leader, which was intended to turn China into a superpower that could rival the US. Additionally, it calls into question the efficacy of Chinese vaccines, the justification for a zero-COVID policy, and the requirement of ongoing lockdowns. An anti-President Xi banner was hung on a highway overpass in Beijing in the months prior to the 20th National Party Congress.

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