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Friday, 09 December 2022 11:31 GMT

Influential commentator calls for transparency in response to China's "zero-Covid" policy


(MENAFN) A prominent Chinese commentator has stated that China requires "very rational research" on Covid-19, and that studies on the disease should be published and made "transparent" to the public, as public anger grows over Beijing's "zero-Covid" policy.

On the Twitter-like microblog Weibo on Sunday, Hu Xijin, former editor of the state-run tabloid Global Times, called for greater transparency in Covid-19-related research.

“Facing the future, China needs very rational research and calculations,” according to Hu, former editor-in-chief of Global Times.

“Experts should stand up and speak, and the state should organize relevant comprehensive studies and make them transparent to the public: What are the advantages and disadvantages for our people to open up or insist on not letting go, and what are the advantages and disadvantages for the country as a whole (for not opening up)?”

Hu noted that the “intention of socialist China in making policy decisions must be for the benefit of the people” and while the people must believe in the state, “the state must also believe in the consciousness of the people”.

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