Chinese leader Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday in which he appeared to warn members not to question the Party’s draconian “zero tolerance” policy toward the Chinese coronavirus, which has seen Shanghai and Beijing endure stringent lockdowns in recent days, the Xinhua news agency reported.
“The meeting emphasized the importance of unswervingly adhering to the zero-COVID dynamic [Chinese coronavirus] policy and resolutely fighting against any attempt to distort, question or dismiss China’s anti-COVID policy. [Chinese coronavirus] politics,” Xinhua, which is China’s official state news agency, reported on May 5.
The meeting was specifically composed of “the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) [and] it was chaired by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee,” according to Xinhua. Xi Jinping not only presided over the summit, but also “made an important speech” during the assembly, indicating that his voice was the common thread of the overall message of the meeting, as reported by Xinhua.
An observer from China’s ruling Communist Party named David Bandurski, who also serves as co-director of the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project, argued that Xi Jinping and the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) used specific language. during their May 5 Meeting that “should be read as a direct criticism of unspecified local CCP leaders who have questioned the policies at the center, or who have not been successful enough in enforcing them.”
The ruling Communist Party of China ordered the entire city of Shanghai to be locked down on April 5 to contain the latest outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus in the city. The edict was still in place at the time of publication on May 6, meaning all of Shanghai’s nearly 26 million residents have been confined to their homes for a full month. Shanghai’s full lockdown followed a mandatory testing scheme for all city residents that saw half of Shanghai shut down for five days at a time from March 28 to April 5. Just as the trial measures expired on April 5, Shanghai’s Communist Party-controlled government shocked the metropolis by issuing its full lockdown notice.
Shanghai’s extreme movement restrictions have particularly upset the population of the financial hub, as they were imposed after Chinese state health authorities confirmed that most of the latest Chinese coronavirus cases in Shanghai were asymptomatic.
“Widest lockdown came after testing found asymptomatic COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] cases rise to more than 13,000. Symptomatic cases fell on Monday [April 4] to 268, from 425 the day before,” Reuters observed on April 5.
Beijing, China’s national capital, has largely followed Shanghai’s anti-epidemic steps since April 22, when its latest outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus began. Reuters reported on April 29 that Beijing had “closed more residential complexes,” indicating that the city’s Communist Party officials had already begun closing personal residences before then. Beijing’s government, which is run directly by China’s central government, had yet to announce a full lockdown of the city’s 21.3 million residents at the time of publication on May 6, though it continued to tighten lockdown restrictions. movement. Beijing on May 4 indefinitely closed dozens of subway stations in the metropolis that make up 12 percent of the city’s vast transit system.
“On Wednesday, Beijing reported only 51 local infections, five of them asymptomatic,” Agence France-Presse reported on the number of Chinese coronavirus cases in the city on May 4.