Dr. Scott Kennedy, CSIS: “Give us our lives back!”

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In our continued series on China post-Zero Covid, Dr. Scott Kennedy recounts the revelations from his six weeks in Beijing and Shanghai in late 2022, and reflects on what has transpiredsocietally, politically, medically—since President Xi suddenly threw off the Zero Covid controls in early December. What is the toll for not preparing for the colossal peak of Covid? What will be made of a “crisis of confidence” that the government must face, and that is going to hurt? What can we expect in the spring in terms of normalization?

Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics