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Xi Jinping meets Olympics chief for Covid containment talks ahead of Winter Games

By Edward White

26 Jan 2022 · 2 min read

China’s president Xi Jinping has met Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, in a rare face-to-face encounter with an overseas official as Beijing maintains strict coronavirus prevention measures ahead of the Winter Olympics in February.

The discussions on Tuesday between Bach and Xi, who has not left the country since early 2020, included the closed-loop system for the Beijing Games, which is designed to inhibit any transmission of the virus from Olympic participants to the wider population.

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