Beijing is under siege. Why do we care? | Articles and studies

The state of anger and the escalation of Chinese protests against the mismanagement of the response to the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic forced President Xi Jinping to come out for the first time since the harsh closure of the city of Shanghai was forced . threatens opponents of the control measures implemented by the Communist Party.

“We have won the battle to defend Wuhan, and we will certainly be able to win the battle to defend Shanghai,” Xi said in a speech after a meeting of the Party’s Politburo members from the country’s seven top leaders. exist.

(Xi) threatened the outraged citizens, “We will resolutely fight against any words or actions that distort, question or deny our country’s epidemic prevention policies. We do not want to question the general policy of no epidemic.” In a message of challenge to the international community concerned about what is happening in China, he said: “Our policy will withstand history, because our measures are scientific and effective, and we will certainly be able to acquire knowledge to defend Shanghai. . “

Despite the continuation of the closure in Shanghai for 40 days, and the entry of the capital, Beijing in a state of partial closure, and the complete suspension of work in the financial and business district and the central area of ​​3.5 million people, the Supreme Leader of the Communist Party does not hold his government accountable for the negligence exacerbated by a terrible humanitarian crisis, but rather Those who have exposed officials on social networks threaten to face “contempt and indifference, and we will resolutely address the issues of insufficient awareness. ”

divided within the party

(Xi)’s outraged words, and his stern warning, have revealed that there is opposition within the party to the “zero-epidemic” policy he adheres to, following the spread of the virus in 22 provinces, especially since the most local leaders did not. manages to confront it, and its disasters appeared in Shanghai, so that the people of Beijing exposed their fangs, for fear of repeating it with them, and they paid a heavy price by restricting their freedoms to adjust. Shanghai residents have previously expressed anger over acute food shortages, deteriorating medical care and the transformation of skyscrapers in the global business district into shabby shelters for the elderly and injured. They protested by knocking pots out of their windows, spreading their suffering, and others clashing in the streets with police and health workers, in a country that usually oppresses dissidents violently. They have revealed worrying figures about the corruption of their leaders behind the vaccination campaigns.

Beijing, an economic grouping that includes the cities of Hebei and Tianjin, accounts for 8% of China’s economy, is home to 52 companies among the world’s 500 largest companies, and people fear a closure in the same failed way. which takes place in Shanghai. The people’s restlessness terrified the authorities for a social clash. The economic turmoil has created a gap between the party leaders, and there is a current that supports the Supreme Leader that puts the policy of “zero epidemic” above all considerations, and another that prioritizes economic growth.

Born on the sidewalk

Beijing residents are reluctant to live with the closure because they are convinced that the presence of 50 cases of infected people does not require the erection of walls between neighborhoods, in a way that has turned the capital into a ghost town, where subways were banned, schools, clubs, commercial centers, embassies and theaters were closed, and the peace of citizens was disturbed, and millions of people were prevented from returning to their businesses. The accident of the discovery of an elderly man who came back to life shocked people after he was placed in a morgue in a hospital in Shanghai, when a civilian, while lying alive in a funeral bag, shouted said, “He’s moving!” The rescue team was late, which provoked criticism from the authorities.

People are afraid that the closure in Beijing, as happened before in Wuhan, which lasted 76 days, Shenzhen and Jilin for several weeks, has not been lifted since the beginning of last April in Shanghai. The closure led to a reduction in the growth rate of the national product from 5.5% to 4.4%, by the International Monetary Fund. Industrial growth fell by 10%, service activity was at the second lowest level ever, and tourism declined 40%.

Egyptian losses

The Chinese government is considering lowering the ceiling allowing citizens to carry and buy dollars annually, for travel and tourism, following the devaluation of the yuan, which is expected to affect a country like Egypt, which hoped has to compensate for tourism from China. , for what it has lost from European markets. The decline in China’s currency will inevitably disrupt the possibility of Egypt and Arab countries relying on the yuan, an alternative source of dollars to borrow, or attract foreign investment.

Warnings have been issued that further weakening of the yuan will negatively affect the Egyptian pound, such as the currencies of countries that have strong economic ties with China, and whose currencies have been negatively affected, such as Brazil, Peru and Chile. The cost of purchasing goods for Egypt and the Arab markets, which amounts to about $ 200 billion annually, will increase, with the cost of goods and transportation rising, the slowdown in supply operations and the increase in ship insurance, as ships refuse to ports to enter. whose government declares them infected.

My freedom and the safety of others

The majority in China still follow the party and supreme leader Xi Jinping, although the state of emergency, which has turned into a permanent mechanism of restrictive control of freedoms, exists. The state of emergency has turned into a state of mind in the minds of the majority, they coexist with it, just as we live with tyrannical regimes, imitating (Shi) in its disadvantages, so that one’s utmost wish is not captured to become, and when he enters it, his greatest wish becomes to be happy with a visit or to leave prison after several Years.

Sociologists claim that crises turn citizens into obedient followers, and the uncertainty inherent in any political and scientific process is ignored. The Chinese researcher (Jennifer Zheng), who fled to the United States to escape the grip of the Communist Party, explains that despite the great anger, the leaders are not afraid of the people’s exit. However, there are those who want to return to life in a normal situation and the slogan “I will not exchange the safety of others for my freedom.”

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