China review 2022-2

May 4, 2022 | News, Publications

The latest analytical publication of the EESC – China review 2022-2.


The strict COVID management policy initiated by Xi Jinping in 2020 has become one of the world’s most impressive success stories: Not only has China successfully contained the outbreak in Wuhan, it has also managed to achieve positive annual economic growth. In the face of global chaos, Beijing has effectively exploited all of this success for propaganda purposes, shaping the positive attitude of domestic and foreign audiences towards China’s containment strategy. However, the spread of a highly contagious but less dangerous strain this year poses a serious challenge to Beijing’s efforts to maintain the strict COVID policy unchanged since 2020. The coronavirus outbreak in China, with Shanghai as its epicentre, is a very serious test for Beijing, with economic, social, and political consequences. 


Raigirdas Boruta is an associate expert in the EESC China Research Program, a doctoral student at the VU Institute of International Rela- tions and Political Science. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Asia-Pacific Studies (Chinese) from the University of Central Lancashire (UK). In 2020 he completed a Master’s degree in International Relations at Sichuan University (China). 

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