Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang weighs in on Shanghai residents protesting COVID lockdowns on'Fox News Live.' In the spring of 2021, China was reporting only a few dozen COVID cases each day and celebrating a return to steady economic growth. The United States, meanwhile, reeled from its worst death wave of the pandemic. Media outlets around the world, from the Chinese Ministry of Propaganda to the New York Times, were quick to declare that China had "won" the pandemic, having decisively defeated the virus and demonstrated the virtues of unbridled autocracy. Xi Jinping was set to use China's apparent COVID success as a central argument for enshrining himself, at the upcoming Communist Party Congress in October 2022, as emperor-for-life.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Chinese authorities sought to reassure companies and jittery investors on Tuesday as a two-phase lockdown of Shanghai's 26 million people entered its second day, casting an unusual quiet over the normally bustling center of finance, manufacturing and trade. The omicron outbreak in Shanghai is one of a series across the country that is testing the government's ability to enforce a strict "zero-COVID" strategy without overly disrupting the economy and people's daily lives. Many shops were shuttered and pedestrians were sparse even in the half of the city that remained open.