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China’s economy will rebound. But for how long? 

First published: New Statesman, 18-01-2023

The hasty way in which China abandoned its zero Covid policy has spurred debate over the events, including astonishing street protests, leading up to the final decision. Three years of zero Covid – trying to keep infections as close to zero as possible through mass testing, strict rules and lockdowns – and then its unprepared demise in November 2022 will have enduring consequences that will scar China’s economy, labour markets and education sector, and could undermine public trust in the government and even in Xi Jinping himself. Read on ….