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The unintended consequence of China's zero-COVID policy

Digitization of the hukou system may lead to a more equal society

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A pedestrian crossing in Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai on June 2: China's leaders may be pushing forward reforms facilitating socioeconomic reordering.   © Reuters

Lauren A. Johnston is associate professor, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. She is founder and managing director of New South Economics.

Under Xi Jinping's draconian zero-COVID policy, two-way flows of goods and people between China and the rest of the world have all but ground to a halt, with economists everywhere expressing angst over the damage to China's and the world economy.

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