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China's 'zero-COVID' lockdown is too much medicine

Massive disruption stalls economy as country sticks to top leader's policy

An official calls on residents under lockdown with a megaphone in Shanghai. (Xinhua via Kyodo)

China's economic growth was 4.8% for the three months ended March, an improvement from the previous quarter's 4%. But it falls well short of this year's official growth target of "about 5.5%," and tough times continue due to the COVID-19-induced lockdowns.

Warning signs are glaring for the Asian giant's economy.

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