What it’s like inside a China-sized bubble.
Already a maverick in business circles, Zhou Hang has dared to openly criticize the government’s zero Covid policy — and urges his peers to speak out, too.
The human costs of lockdown in Shanghai have sparked frustration and despair. But leaders have no exit strategy.
It aims to get to zero cases and stay there.
Shanghai district prepares for new lockdown as authorities build infrastructure to extend approach.
For much of the pandemic, a group of places in the Asia-Pacific brought infections to zero, becoming virus-free havens in a world ravaged by the pathogen. Now, with the rise of the delta variant and the proliferation of vaccines, only one is still holding fast to that goal of eliminating Covid-19: China.
While many countries are now relying on vaccination and improved treatments, China has stuck to a policy of lockdowns and other restrictions.
The WHO says that with more transmissible Omicron variants spreading, this approach is not "sustainable."
The biggest corporate winners from the country’s draconian pandemic strategy
As much of the world lifted pandemic restrictions this spring, China did the opposite.
Crushing the curve of the infection rate worked in some nations, but it never seemed to be an option here...
Why even many wealthy people in China’s richest city can’t reliably get food — and what it says about the country’s political system.
As most of the world decides to live with the virus, China is doubling down on a strategy to crush it. But at what cost?
Although the maximum suppression strategy is challenging and demands a high degree of coordination and social involvement over an extended period of time, it is proving its value as a tool for overcoming this crisis, preparing for future pandemics and fostering solidarity worldwide.
The government has staked its political legitimacy on controlling the virus better than other countries, especially its geopolitical rivals.
They're willing to sacrifice more and more economic growth to control COVID.
COVID-19 will be with the world for at least the foreseeable future. Experts tell us it will become endemic. The challenge then is to learn to live with the virus effectively, protecting public health while restoring freedoms and reconnecting with each other.
As history shows, a self-isolating China is a threat to itself and a loss to the world.
While a zero-COVID policy is not only unattainable but now impossible for most countries to achieve, there are lessons to be learned from countries that took a hardline approach to clamping down on cases.