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Vincent Boland: Modest but significant protests pierce Xi Jinping’s aura of invincibility

As protests continue to break out across China in a population thoroughly sick of the president’s crushing zero-Covid policy, he may be turning a potential victory over the virus into a far greater defeat

Absolute power corrupts, but first it induces paralysis. Xi Jinping is the most powerful leader China has had for half a century. His monopoly of the levers of power gives him control over almost every aspect of Chinese daily life. No Roman emperor, still less any American president, could lay down the law over so many people the way Xi does.

Yet as the immovable object of his zero-Covid policy met the irresistible force of ...