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Xi's mimicking of Ming dynasty's 'zero-plague' policy fuels anger

Chinese president has not shown any sign of changing course

Shanghai lifted its two-month COVID-19 lockdown on June 1, but Chinese President Xi Jinping has shown little sign of changing his zero-COVID policy. (Source photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Despite the recent easing of pandemic controls in Shanghai, China is not ready to let up in its drive to eradicate coronavirus outbreaks.

Under the government's zero-COVID policy, Shanghai went into lockdown in late March. Many residential areas were also quarantined in Beijing, with shops and subways lines forced to close. The authorities have restricted nonessential overseas travel.

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