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Without a COVID narrative, China's censors are not sure what to do

By John Liu and Paul Mozur

22 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

For once, the Chinese Communist Party's messaging has let it down. By failing to communicate new COVID rules effectively, the government has aggravated an already dangerous situation. The NYT reports.

Since China dropped its strict “zero-COVID” policy, a joke has been making the rounds on social media about the sudden shift.

Three men who don’t know each other sit in a prison cell. Each explains why he was arrested:

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