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President Xi Jinping is facing the most widespread popular discontent seen in China since 1989 because of the war on COVID-19 he has spearheaded and the extreme lockdown measures he has enforced across the country. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)
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Analysis: Quash the 'white paper' -- Xi's Chinese dream turns into nightmare

Weekend unrest possible ahead of International Human Rights Day

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

Weeks after securing a third term as the Communist Party's general secretary, Chinese President Xi Jinping has suffered a major blow -- masses of people hitting the streets with blank sheets of A4 paper.

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