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Opinion

No, zero-COVID has not diminished China's economic power

Country's place at Asia's core is becoming ever more entrenched

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A staff member takes body temperature measurement of a crew worker of a cargo ship bound for Japan at a container terminal in Wuhan in May 2020: China's economic influence has increased over the last three years, not declined.   © China Daily/Reuters

William Bratton is author of "China's Rise, Asia's Decline." He was previously head of equity research, Asia-Pacific, at HSBC.

There can be no debate that China's zero-COVID obsession is yet another example in the long list of countries voluntarily choosing to inflict economic self-harm in the pursuit of an idealistic but unachievable goal.

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