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China Censors Swoop on ‘Five-Year Zero-Covid’ Quote – CNN

A Beijing Daily report that the city’s party chief had said ‘Zero-Covid’ could remain in place for another five years was later amended, said CNN

Workers sort medical waste from a makeshift nucleic acid testing site in Beijing
Workers in protective suits sort medical waste from a makeshift nucleic acid testing site inside a residential compound, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing. Photo: Reuters


Chinese censors moved quickly to amend a quote from a top Communist Party official warning that Beijing’s tough ‘zero-Covid’ policies could remain in force for another five years, a report by CNN said.

The Beijing Daily, the state newspaper in the Chinese capital, had earlier in the day reported remarks by the city’s party chief, Cai Qi, saying that pandemic control measures could remain in place for “the next five years,” said the CNN story, but that timeline reference then later disappeared from the Daily’s report after an “online backlash.”

Full story: CNN


  • By Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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