White House responds after protests erupt across China over ‘zero COVID’ rule

The White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “zero COVID” strategy is unrealistic amid the biggest nationwide protests in decades.

Thousands demonstrate in Shanghai, Beijing, Urumqi, Wuhan, Chengdu and other major Chinese cities over CCP-mandated lockdowns, mandatory COVID-19 testing, mask orders and other regulations troop participated. The Chinese Communist Party has officially pursued a “No Novel Coronavirus” policy for months and shows no sign of stopping.

In some areas, protesters chanted “Xi Jinping! Get down! Chinese Communist Party! Get down!”

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Protesters present blank papers on the streets of Shanghai during protests against China’s zero COVID policy on the eve of a deadly fire in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, on November 27, 2022. (Hector Retamar/AFP via Getty Images)

“I think it will be very difficult for China to contain this through its zero-COVID strategy,” said Jia, who was a Newsmax contributor before being named to the White House post. Said ABC News on Sunday in response to unprecedented protests in China. “I don’t think it’s realistic. It’s certainly not realistic for Americans,” he added.

Jha then claimed that vaccination “especially for the elderly” was “a way out of this virus”. He continued, “Maintaining lockdown and zero COVID is going to be very difficult.

Early Monday morning in Beijing, two groups of protesters totaling at least 1,000 gathered along the Chinese capital’s third ring road near the Liangma River and refused to disperse, according to Reuters.

“We don’t want masks, we want freedom. We don’t want COVID tests. We want freedom,” chanted one of the group.

A mourning rally for victims of an apartment fire in Shanghai on Saturday turned into a protest against COVID restrictions, with crowds calling for an end to lockdowns.

A large group held a rare public protest against the Chinese Communist Party early Sunday morning, chanting “Overthrow the Chinese Communist Party,” according to witnesses and videos posted on social media.

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Police and people during clashes in Shanghai on November 27, 2022. Protests against China’s zero COVID policy took place on the eve of a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. (Hector Retamar/AFP via Getty Images)

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In central Wuhan, where the pandemic began three years ago, social media videos show hundreds of residents taking to the streets, tearing down metal barricades, overturning COVID-19 testing tents, ending lockdowns. It was seen that I was requesting.

According to social media videos, thousands of people gathered in the southwestern metropolis of Chengdu on Sunday to hold up blank papers and protest against President Xi Jinping’s lifting of presidential term limits.

Dutch Fidelity journalist Eva Ramellou, who was at the scene of the protests in China, said she had “never seen anything like this” in her decade of coverage inside China.In the early hours of November 27. she estimated there were more than 1,000 protesters.

Western scholar David Moser I got it “I have lived in China for 30 years and have never seen such a brazen, frank and sustained expression of anger against the Chinese government. and civil disobedience is rampant, a serious test of the CCP’s governance.”

“Nobody likes the Chinese Communist Party or Xi Jinping,” a Shanghai resident told The Epoch Times this weekend, adding that Chinese people are “fed up” with the CCP’s draconian policies on COVID-19. rice field. They pointed out that the economy had been hit hard.

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On November 23, 2022, a new ruckus erupted at Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou, China. (Screenshot of Stephen McDonell’s his Twitter account via The Epoch Times)

“All sectors are suffering. To feed our families, we have to feed ourselves. How can we live without income?”

A user on Chinese social media platform Weibo left a new comment on the last post of Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who authorities claimed died of COVID-19 in early 2020. First outbreak in Wuhan.

Protests erupted last week after workers were seen wearing riot gear and confronting police at China’s largest iPhone assembly plant. Video footage released online showed workers confronting local authorities on the Zhangzhou Foxconn campus.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips


Jack Phillips is a New York-based breaking news reporter for the Epoch Times.