Covid-19: Omicron must make China more isolated by insisting on a zero-case policy


In 2022, China will face the highly communicable [variante] Omicron, with apparently less effective vaccines and far fewer people protected by antibodies created by previous infections,” noted US political risk consultant Eurasia Group in a report.

The blocking measures to contain the outbreaks should be even more frequent and tough, involving tens of millions of people, the same document reads.

This crisis will continue until China can roll out domestically developed messenger RNA vaccines and boosters to its 1.4 billion people, which is still at least a year away.”, he added.

The zero cases policy implied the suspension of business and tourism trips or academic exchanges abroad.

Anyone who arrives in the country must undergo a quarantine, which varies between two and four weeks, depending on the province of destination. The authorities also require the presentation of the negative certificate of the serological tests type IgG and IgM and the PCR nucleic acid test prior to shipment.

Internally, the authorities adopt the same zeal: the detection of an outbreak results in the immediate application of containment measures, mass tests and restrictions on movement.

Two years after the first cases of covid-19 having been diagnosed in the city of Wuhan, central China, the country has established itself as a successful example of public health.

According to data from the Chinese government, since the beginning of the pandemic, 102,932 people have become infected and 4,636 have died. In comparison, the United States, the great geopolitical and ideological rival of the People’s Republic, claimed more than 800,000 dead.

The rapid recovery of economic activity also allowed Chinese manufacturers to increase their share of the global market, at a time when foreign competitors were dealing with successive restrictive measures to prevent the disease.

The triumph reinforced the regime’s narrative of the superiority of authoritarianism in the face of the “decline” of the liberal West.

“The idea that the West did everything better is gone”, summarizes a European diplomat stationed in Beijing to Lusa, adding: “After this epidemic, the Chinese will never look at us in the same way again.”

But Beijing’s triumphant speech now appears to have cornered the country in a position with unpredictable impact.

The growth rate of the Chinese economy, the second largest in the world, is already decelerating to the lowest levels in decades. Domestic travel has slowed too, as tourists fear new outbreaks will emerge. Domestic consumption registers ups and downs, through intensifying prevention measures.

The country can also suffer diplomatically. Chinese President Xi Jinping has not left China or received foreign visitors since early 2020, at a time when he faces growing rivalry with the United States and other Western countries.

The approach also affects the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau. In an attempt to align their prevention policies with the Chinese mainland, the global financial center and the “capital” global game, respectively, risk harming their main activities.

The consequences for global markets will be significant, including for raw material suppliers such as Angola and Brazil, which have China as their main export market for oil, iron ore or soy.

Eurasia Group points to the risks of economic turmoil and resentment among public opinion, but cautions that China is a unique political experiment capable of challenging these predictions.

China has proven for decades that its authoritarian political system creates a degree of political control that we don’t see in other major countries, be they democracies or other authoritarian states“, note.

As China becomes much more technologically innovative, its government and public security have increasingly effective tools to maintain that control.“, considers.


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