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Politburo Standing Committee meeting: March 17, 2022

Persisting with the zero-COVID strategy

中共中央政治局常务委员会召开会议 分析新冠肺炎疫情形势 部署从严抓好疫情防控工作 中共中央总书记习近平主持会议

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee convened a meeting. It analysed the current COVID-19 situation and arranged for the strict implementation of epidemic prevention and control work. The General Secretary of the Central Committee, Xi Jinping, presided over the meeting.

Source: http://www.news.cn/politics/leaders/2022-03/17/c_1128480319.htm

This post is published in partnership with the Open Source Analysis Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Introduction and Translation by Adam Ni, edited by Alexander Davey


The Politburo Standing Committee met on Thursday, March 17, to discuss China’s COVID-19 strategy. Here are three key points to note:

First and foremost, the meeting gave no indication that China will change its strategy from zero-COVID to “living with the virus” in the near term. At the Politburo Standing Committee meeting, Xi said that China would stick with the zero-COVID strategy, stressing “victory comes from perseverance”.