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Zero-Covid pride of China’s ‘big leader’ Xi Jinping threatens economic fall

By Tom Mitchell in Singapore, Sun Yu in Beijing and Eleanor Olcott in Taipei

01 May 2022 · 4 min read

In recent weeks some Chinese government officials and policy advisers worried about the economic impact of the country’s endless Covid-19 lockdowns have begun, in private, to cite the cautionary example of fourth century BC doctor Bian Que.

According to legend, the doctor warned a local ruler he had contracted a disease requiring immediate treatment. But the ruler insisted his health was fine even as the disease seeped into his bone marrow, sealing his fate.

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