the French embassy tackles zero Covid

The French Embassy in China diplomatically criticized the zero Covid policy of the Asian giant on a social network, an unusual message much commented on and welcomed on Friday November 25 by Chinese people exasperated by this health policy.

Despite several vaccines available and counting against the rest of the world, the country continues to apply strict restrictions to avoid contamination and death.

Economic impacts

This policy consists of imposing confinements as soon as cases appear, placing people who test positive in quarantine in centers and requiring almost daily PCR tests for access to public places. But this strategy, in addition to the weariness it now generates among the population, for whom travel has become difficult, weighs heavily on the economy.

«China’s dynamic zero Covid policy has repercussions for French companies present in China“, Wrote in Chinese the embassy of France Thursday evening on its official account of the social network Weibo. “In order to maintain and develop bilateral trade and investment between China and France, a transparent, predictable and fair business environment is essential.“, she underlines.

Relaxation of zero Covid policy

The Chinese government announced on November 11 a relaxation of the health policy, which notably reduced the duration of quarantine on arrival in China and is supposed to facilitate travel. But the embassy quotes in its message a press release from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) France China, which considers that these measures “did not meet expectationsand urges Beijing toeliminate unnecessary and excessive restrictions».

The Embassy’s message,likemore than 85,000 times on Weibo, generated nearly 10,000 comments, the vast majority positive. “Thanks to France for speaking on behalf of the Chinese“, writes a user. “It really is the country of the revolution“says another, grateful. “Thank you, I hope France will win the football World Cup!», Enthuses a third. Negative comments were also posted.

«Since when do French companies have a say in Chinese health policy?asked one of them. “Thank you for defending corporate capitalism. We defend the health and lives of peopleanother wrote. Western embassies in China generally adopt a very diplomatic tone. But some sometimes publish less consensual messages vis-à-vis the authorities, in particular in support of the cause of sexual minorities or human rights.

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