How can the United States and its allies capitalise on the mounting pressure on Xi Jinping’s regime?
A sprawl of protests has broken out across China over the past month amid a stark shift in public sentiment towards President Xi Jinping’s regime and the Chinese Communist Party more broadly.
A cacophony of grievances has been voiced by protestors, however, Xi’s continued reluctance to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures has fuelled much of the discontent.
A belated emergency services response to an apartment fire in northwest China — resulting in 10 deaths — seemingly triggered the latest weave of dissension, with the delay attributed to compliance with strict COVID-19 protocols.
“China is being wracked by popular protests on a scale not seen since Tiananmen Square,” James Jay Carafano, vice president of The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, writes in a piece originally published in 19fortyfive.