John Goldstone and Charles Parton

China’s Covid ICU problem

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The difficulty of ramping up hospital care for Covid might threaten the CCP’s control of its people. 

Only a few weeks after restating its commitment to Zero Covid, the Chinese Communist Party made a remarkable U-turn in December – at pace, rather than with a carefully measured loosening of restrictions. Three elements may have shattered its determination to stick with Zero Covid: a realisation of the economic costs, the nationwide protests against lockdowns, and a tsunami of infections.

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John Goldstone and Charles Parton
John Goldstone is one of the UK’s leading experts in intensive care medicine. Charles Parton was a diplomat who has spent over 26 years working on China. He is an associate fellow of the Council on Geostrategy, RUSI and MERICS.

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