[NTDTV, Beijing time, June 13, 2022]The CCP’s adherence to the zero-zero policy has severely hit China‘s economic development. However, the Chinese Communist Party has recently announced that there are problems such as excessive epidemic prevention and control and repeated nucleic acid testing in 3 provinces. Public opinion has questioned whether the authorities can no longer hold on, and whether it is necessary to stabilize the economy while preventing the epidemic.
According to the official WeChat account of the “Ministry of Transport” of the Communist Party of China released on June 11, recently, the Office of the Leading Group of the State Council of the Communist Party of China on ensuring smooth flow of logistics has notified that there are epidemic prevention checkpoints at the entrances and exits of some expressways in Zhangjiakou, Hebei, Hefei, Anqing, Shaanxi, and Shangluo, Shaanxi. Excessive control and repeated nucleic acid testing for epidemic prevention and control.
Taking Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province as an example, there is an epidemic prevention checkpoint in the local area. All drivers and passengers of foreign trucks, regardless of whether they have a negative nucleic acid certificate within 48 hours, are required to do a “nucleic acid test + antigen test” again; Whether the itinerary card” has an asterisk or not, it is required to register and report, otherwise it is not allowed to get off the expressway.
The epidemic prevention checkpoint at the entrance and exit of Shangluo East Expressway in Shangluo City, Shaanxi Province will all persuade freight vehicles from epidemic-related areas in other provinces to return, and restrict the passage of freight vehicles.
The report said that transportation and logistics are the meridians of the market economy and an important support for ensuring people’s livelihood and preventing and controlling the epidemic. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council attach great importance to this. All localities should ensure that expressway service areas and toll stations, port terminals and waterway locks are fully open, standardize epidemic prevention inspections and accept social supervision.
“Southern Metropolis Daily” reported that this is the first time that a place has been warned and notified by the State Council due to issues such as excessive control of epidemic prevention and control.
Central News Agency analysis believes that in the face of the “dynamic clearing” policy of the epidemic and the stabilization of the economy, the CCP official attempts to balance the two goals.
On June 5, the Chinese Communist Party’s Health and Health Commission proposed a “nine no-forbidden” measure against the random increase in epidemic prevention in various places. Among them, it is not allowed to arbitrarily expand the scope of restricted travel from medium and high-risk areas to other areas; it is not allowed to take restrictive measures such as forced persuasion and isolation for people from low-risk areas; control time, etc.
In an interview with VOA, Cai Shenkun, a commentator in the United States, said that the background of the State Council’s “nine prohibitions” was largely related to the 100,000-person meeting held on May 25 to stabilize the economy. Because if we don’t save the economy and continue to forcibly clear the city, it will bring great disaster to the society.
On May 25, Premier Li Keqiang of the Communist Party of China held an emergency “National Video and Telephone Conference on Stabilizing the Economic Market”, saying that China‘s economic crisis is more serious than two years ago.
Li Keqiang revealed that the national treasury was empty. He told officials at all levels, “Unless there is another major natural disaster and there is a general reserve fund, the rest of the money will depend on your place.”
Guo Yingzhe, an associate professor at the Department of Political Science of Tunghai University in Taiwan, believes that the CCP has declared that the dynamic will be cleared without hesitation and will not be shaken. It has also said that coexistence with the virus is a wrong idea. Fu, it seems contradictory, but in fact, it is because the clearing has broken the power and is eager to clear it.
Guo Yingzhe believes that from the point of view of political maneuvering, Li Keqiang may be a pawn that can be used to wash away the blame. He told VOA, “The clearing may have failed, but in order to welcome the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and justify the policy of closing the city in Shanghai, I used ‘nine prohibitions’ to clear the clearing.”
The CCP’s zero-clearing policy has severely hit China‘s economy, and the Chinese society’s voice against clearing the zero is getting louder and louder. But on June 8, during his inspection tour in Sichuan, Xi Jinping reiterated that he would unswervingly adhere to the general policy of “dynamic clearing” and “eliminate interference and overcome paralyzing thoughts.”
However, Kerry Brown, director of the China Institute at King’s College London, once told VOA that social unrest would break out if the zero policy would drag China‘s economic growth below 5.5%, hurt and anger the middle class. It is not impossible; although Xi Jinping is very likely to be re-elected after the 20th National Congress, if his policies continue to cause an economic recession, Xi Jinping may be ruthlessly abandoned by the party, or even destroyed together with the CCP.
(Reported by reporter Liu Minghuan/responsible editor: Wen Hui)
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