Xi calls for unity as China enters ‘new phase’ of Covid policy


Chinese President Xi Jinping in a televised speech to mark the New Year, said China had overcome unprecedented difficulties and challenges in the battle against Covid-19, and that its policies were “optimised” when the situation and time so required.

“Since the outbreak of the epidemic … the majority of cadres and masses, especially medical personnel, grassroots workers braved hardships and courageously persevered,” Xi said. “At present, the epidemic prevention and control is entering a new phase, it is still a time of struggle, everyone is persevering and working hard, and the dawn is ahead. Let’s work harder, persistence means victory, and unity means victory.”