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Newsline: U.S. envoy to China expects ‘zero COVID’ policy to persist into 2023

The United States’ ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, said he expects Beijing’s “zero COVID” policy to persist into early 2023, and that U.S. businesses were reluctant to invest in the country until restrictions ease. “I think we’re going to have to live with this for a long time,” Burns told an online Brookings Institution event. “My own assumption is that we’ll see the continuation of ‘zero COVID’ probably into the beginning months of 2023. That’s what the Chinese government is signaling,” Burns said, referring to China’s policy of seeking to stamp out each cluster of new cases, often with strict lockdowns and mass testing. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-envoy-china-expects-zero-153059695.html) Burns criticized Beijing for censoring on Chinese social media Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s May speech on U.S. policy toward China, in which he said Washington expected Beijing to adhere to international rules. “We put the speech on Weibo, and WeChat. And it was censored in about two and a half hours. Just taken away,” Burns said, adding that the Embassy reposted it days later and it was again removed.

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