Chinese President Xi and European Council President Charles Michel  

CNN: China’s Xi acknowledges Covid frustration caused protests and hints at relaxing rules, EU official says 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has acknowledged the frustration within China amid his government’s unrelenting zero-Covid strategy, a European Union official told NN, in his first known remarks on the protests that have erupted across the country in recent days. 

Xi told visiting European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing on Thursday that the protesters were “mainly students” who were frustrated after three years of Covid, and hinted at the potential relaxation of China’s prevention measures, an EU official told CNN Friday. 

“Xi also said Omicron is less deadly than Delta, which makes the Chinese government feel more open to further relaxing Covid restrictions,” the EU official said.  

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WNU Editor: It is not only the young who are frustrated with Covid restrictions in China. IMHO everyone in China is frustrated. 

China’s Xi Tells EU Delegation That Recent Protests Reflect Covid Frustration  

Chinese President Xi Jinping believes ‘frustrated students’ are behind Covid protests, EU officials say — SCMP

China’s Xi Tells EU Delegation That Protests Reflect Covid Frustration — WSJ

China’s Xi told EU less lethal Omicron opens way for fewer COVID restrictions — Reuters