Xi-Li Discord Paralyzes Officials Responsible for China Economy
Local officials struggle to implement contradicting diktats
Bureaucrats are still prioritizing Covid Zero over growth
The last time a top Chinese leader impromptu addressed thousands of officials in February 2020, President Xi Jinping called for a “people’s war” against Covid-19 at the outset of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang held a similarly rare video call with thousands of cadres across the nation to warn of an even worse economic crisis than two years ago, calling on them to better balance Covid controls and economic growth.