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China moves to quell fury over zero-COVID policy

Xi Jinping caught 'between a rock and a hard place' amid unrest

Protesters in Beijing hold up a pieces of white paper to criticize the government's muzzling of free expression. China has been hit by a wave of unrest over its zero-COVID policy.   © Kyodo

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG -- Chinese officials on Tuesday scrambled to contain a wave of fury directed at Beijing's zero-COVID policies, marking the biggest test of President Xi Jinping's leadership in years.

Officials rolled out moves to ease the impact of strict virus controls while police flooded the streets of Beijing and Shanghai as the demonstrations appeared to fizzle.

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