Biden administration slams ‘zero Covid’ amid Chinese protests


The ‘zero Covid’ strategy aims to isolate every infected individual in China and has confined millions of people to their homes for weeks – some of whom have complained of a lack of reliable access to food and medical supplies. The NSC spokesman made it clear on Monday that these excessive Covid restrictions would not be continued in the United States, which will instead rely on public health tools such as vaccines and testing.

“For us, we are focused on what works and that means using public health tools such as: continuing to improve vaccination rates, including boosters and making testing and treatment easily accessible,” said the gatekeeper. -word.

While the spokesperson lightly criticized China for implementing the policy and stressed citizens’ right to protest, the Biden administration has so far refrained from issuing a broader condemnation of Xi amid troubles. The White House’s apparent restraint in backing protesters in China more forcefully is part of President Joe Biden’s broader efforts to mend fences with Xi – whom he met at the G-meeting. 20 earlier in November – and stabilize the currently difficult relationship between the United States and China.

“We have long said that everyone has the right to peaceful protest, here in the United States and around the world,” the spokesperson said. “That includes in the PRC.”


Politico

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