[The Epoch Times, June 10, 2022](The Epoch Times reporter Xia Song interviewed and reported) The catastrophic consequences of the “zero policy” have aroused concern. In addition to the “nine prohibitions” measures issued by the State Council of the Communist Party of China, doubts within and outside the system continue to emerge.
During a recent inspection in Sichuan, Xi Jinping said that it is necessary to coordinate the economy and epidemic prevention and control, and once again emphasized that the general policy of “dynamic clearing” will be unswervingly adhered to. Some analysts believe that there are traps in this. If the economy collapses, the CCP authorities or the local governments will blame them.
Zhong Nanshan reiterates that it is not advisable to increase the number of layers of accurate epidemic prevention
According to Yicai.com, Zhong Nanshan said when attending the 14th China Bio-Industry Conference today (10th) that the epidemic must be prevented, but more importantly, economic stability and development security must be taken into account. The latter two are equally important, in order to prevent the epidemic It is not advisable to add layers of prevention and control, which will obviously affect economic development.
Regarding the dynamic clearing policy, Zhong Nanshan said that it is by no means a simple dynamic clearing. At present, to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, we still need to pay attention to precise prevention and control, or rely on science.
Zhong Nanshan said that early detection, early diagnosis and early isolation are still the keys to preventing and controlling the epidemic. After the emergence of Omicron, some regions have introduced three new measures, namely normalized nucleic acid testing, three-zone and grid-based management, and thorough inspection of key groups with yellow codes, which has effectively reduced the virus transmission rate.
In fact, as early as at a meeting in November last year, Zhong Nanshan had already mentioned the need to achieve “precise prevention and control” on the one hand, and restart the economy on the other hand.
Wang He, a current affairs commentator, said that Zhong Nanshan, as a leading figure in China’s technology circle, is well aware of the CCP’s “clearing” intentions and will not step on the line. His words are softer, and have a kind of euphemistic persuasion effect on the authorities, which seems to reflect part of the public opinion.
Wang He said, “This is the essence of the CCP’s officialdom of ‘getting through the two ends’. Zhong Nanshan’s role in the CCP’s eyes is to publicize ‘dynamic clearing’ from a so-called scientific point of view. All his speeches are like this.”
In addition to Zhong Nanshan, a medical expert within the system who proposed that precise epidemic prevention should not be added layer by layer, there are also more and more people outside the system who explicitly criticize the zero-clearing policy.
The Entrepreneur’s Zero Policy: Stupid and Highly Destructive
According to the “New York Times” report on June 10, a Chinese company chairman had previously written an article urging his peers to do their best to speak up and change the state of powerlessness. The article was deleted less than an hour after it was published.
The 49-year-old Zhou Hang is the chairman of Cao Cao Travel, a car-sharing company owned by Geely Automobile Group. He has permanent residency in Canada. In late April, Beijing blocked many neighborhoods. After Zhou Hang hurried to Vancouver, he published an article criticizing the “zero policy.”
Zhou Hang said in the article that it has been seen from the blockade of Shanghai and many other cities that wealth and social status are nothing to a government that only wants to clear it.
He revealed that in the past, many wealthy Chinese like him would move their families and some of their assets abroad, but would work in China. Now, some top talent is trying to move operations abroad as well. Stupid and destructive zero-clearing policies and crackdowns on the business world have forced many to think twice.
The chairman of a large Internet company told Zhou Hang that under the various restrictions of epidemic prevention and control, he and everyone were like dancing in shackles while waiting for the sword of blockade to strike at any time.
Earlier, Liang Jianzhang, chairman of Ctrip.com’s board of directors, wrote an article refuting mainland economist Li Daokui’s claim that “anti-epidemic increases life expectancy” and criticized the lockdown measures. Then on May 23, his Weibo account was blocked.
Although there are constant voices of doubts about the “clearing policy” among the people, but the effect is minimal, and the authorities still insist on “clearing” unswervingly.
Xi Jinping acknowledges economic difficulties while re-emphasizing “clearing” Analysis: There are traps
According to a report by the party media Xinhuanet, Xi Jinping said during his inspections in Sichuan on June 8 and 9 that he must “do a good job in coordinating epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development efficiently, and resolutely overcome some difficulties currently faced by economic development.” Unswervingly adhere to the general policy of “dynamic clearing”.
At the same time, the Shanghai official said on June 9 that from the 11th, residents of seven districts in Shanghai will undergo nucleic acid testing in accordance with the requirements of the authorities’ so-called “exhaustive inspection”. The seven districts include the financial center Pudong and several downtown areas, with a combined population of about 14 million. On the same day, Beijing’s Dongcheng District ordered bars, nightclubs and Internet cafes to close.
However, according to China’s National Health Commission, China reported 73 new local infections on June 10, including 8 in Beijing and 11 in Shanghai.
In response to Xi’s remarks in Sichuan, current affairs commentator Wang He told The Epoch Times that the authorities’ words were actually a trap.
He analyzed that, on the one hand, “the epidemic must be prevented, the economy must be stabilized, and development must be safe.” He said it very thoughtfully, and literally can’t seem to pick out any faults. On the other hand, it also emphasizes “adhere to dynamic clearing and unswerving”, while there are actually specific regulations on “epidemic prevention”, and no one can deviate from the “Huashan Road”.
Wang He said, “If the local government’s economy collapsed due to epidemic prevention, it would be an operational problem. If the understanding of the central government’s spirit is not in place and there are mistakes, the blame is too high, right?”
Although Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized that “dynamic clearing” is unswerving, in the face of the rapid economic downturn, the State Council of the Communist Party of China has recently issued a “nine prohibition” measure in addition to frequent economic conferences.
The State Council of the Communist Party of China issued an analysis of “Nine Prohibitions”
On June 5, the State Council of the Communist Party of China promulgated the “Nine Prohibitions” measures for epidemic prevention, requiring efficient coordination of epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development under the premise of adhering to the general strategy of “foreign import, internal defense rebound” and the general policy of “dynamic clearing”. Development, and resolutely prevent the simplification of epidemic prevention and control measures, one-size-fits-all and layer-by-layer overweight.
The contents of the “nine prohibitions” include: it is not allowed to arbitrarily expand the scope of restricted travel from medium and high-risk areas to other areas… It is not allowed to arbitrarily close places in low-risk areas to ensure normal production and life, etc.
In an interview with VOA, Cai Shenkun, a commentator in the United States, said that the background of the “nine prohibitions” proposed by the State Council is largely related to the meeting of 100,000 people held on May 25 to stabilize the economy. Because if we don’t save the economy and continue to forcibly clear the city, it will bring great disaster to the society.
However, Guo Yingzhe, an associate professor at the Department of Political Science of Tunghai University in Taiwan, believes that the CCP has declared in the past that the dynamic will be cleared without hesitation and will not be shaken, and it has also said that coexistence with the virus is a wrong idea. Repeatedly, seemingly contradictory, in fact, because the clearing has broken the power and is eager to clear the white.
Outside comments believe that behind the “nine prohibitions” and the “zero policy”, there is a game between the “economic rescue group” represented by Li Keqiang and the “zero zero group” represented by Xi Jinping. Slightly better.
In this regard, Guo Yingzhe believes that from the perspective of political maneuvering, Li Keqiang may be a pawn that is used to wash away the blame. He told VOA, “The clearing may have failed, but in order to welcome the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and justify the policy of closing the city in Shanghai, I used ‘nine prohibitions’ to clear the clearing.”
Responsible editor: Sun Yun#