China protests test the limits of Xi Jinping’s authority
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Severe lockdowns associated with China’s zero-Covid policy have combined with economic woes to incite the most widespread protests since Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping is now under pressure to address this discontent. Gideon discusses what his options are with the FT’s Yuan Yang, who has recently returned to London from Beijing.
Xi’s pandemic triumphalism returns to haunt him
Guangzhou eases restrictions despite worsening Covid outbreak
China’s high youth unemployment stokes student Covid protests
Restless Beijingers rise up against Covid controls
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