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.


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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