The Times Podcast: Has ‘zero COVID’ checkmated China’s Xi?

Mainland China is rocked by protests the scale of which has not been seen in a generation. People are demanding an end to the government’s strict “zero-COVID” restrictions. The moment has also drawn rare public criticism of its architect, President Xi Jinping. He secured an unprecedented third term just months ago, but now he’s as vulnerable as ever.

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Today we examine whether the zero-COVID policy could be Xi’s downfall. Read the full transcript here.

Harvest: Gustave Arellano

Guests: Stephanie Yang, LA Times China Correspondent

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