Protest against Xi Jinping and Covid-zero policy in China: Why it’s significant

NEW DELHI: It doesn’t happen often in China, especially since Xi Jinping took command of the Communist Party. Therefore, the Chinese police and authorities must have surprised the police and the Chinese government with the banner criticizing Xi Jinping’s strictness.”Covid Zero“Communist policy and leadership hang at a busy intersection in Beijing.
Posts on social media appeared banners calling for an end to the “Covid Zero” hardline policy and the overthrow of Communist Party leader and President Xi Jinping.
However, China’s internet censors were quick to scour social media posts on protest banners in Beijing. It is unclear who may have hung the banners or when they were placed. Dozens of policemen flooded the area, storming shops. Sometimes, they stop passersby and question them. Associated Press journalists were questioned three times and asked to produce identification. Police denied anything unusual had happened in the area.
Political protests are rare in China. Thus, protest banners, while symbolic, still hold a lot of importance. More than the rally, it was the moment that made it all the more important.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will take to the stage on Sunday to open the historic congress of the ruling Communist Party, where he is poised to win a third term, cementing his position as the man in power. China’s most powerful force since Mao Zedong.
Boycott mortgage
In a rare act of disobedience, homebuyers in at least 100 cities have stopped making mortgage payments as developers halt construction work on projects to finance and strict Covid-19 rules. Zero. The mortgage boycott has added to worries about the prolonged decline in China’s property market. About 40 billion worth of loans are under threat due to the threat of a mortgage boycott.
Lifetime President?
The congress comes at a tumultuous time, with Mr. Xi’s adherence to “Covid Policy Zero “destroyed the economy, while his support for Russia Vladimir Putin has alienated China further from the West. However, diplomats, economists and analysts say Mr Xi will consolidate his power and can continue to rule China for as long as he wants.
The roughly week-long congress will take place with about 2,300 delegates, most sitting behind closed doors, in the vast Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square. The Chinese capital has stepped up security and increased Covid screening. In nearby Hebei province, steel mills have been instructed to cut operations to improve air quality, an industry source said.
(With input from agencies)


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