Chinese leader Xi Jinping was just confirmed in office, securing a third term and eliminating political rivals. Now, the people are protesting against his regime.
Tens of thousands in China are demonstrating against the government’s strict zero-COVID policy in several cities. The lockdowns have been going on for weeks and are costing jobs and wealth.
Despite prevailing against his opponents in the Communist Party, some protestors are even calling for Xi’s resignation.
So, on To the Point, we ask: Protests in China: How deep is public unrest?
Our guests: Alexander Görlach (publicist), Qian Sun (freelance journalist), Felix Lee (taz)
1:25 Why are people protesting in China?
3:00 What’s behind the protests
4:05 How great is the power of Xi Jinping?
5:10 Demands of the demonstrators
6:15 People want their normal lives back
8:20 Do the Chinese still trust the government?
9:30 Youth unemployment and the housing crisis in China
10:15 Do people ask for a system change?
12:40 The struggles of the middle class
13:00 Chinese leadership deploys surveillance
13:40 Trade relations between Germany, the U.S. and China
15:25 Germany’s economic dependence on China
17:00 What can a strategy towards China look like?
17:55 Does change through trade still apply?
20:00 Does China threaten the values of the free world?
21:20 China’s transformation in the last 10 years
22:200 Will China soon get back to normal?
23:30 The taste of freedom
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