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Hope for end to China's 'zero Covid-19' policy with Congress dates, but reality is far more complex

Dubbed "dynamic zero", China's Covid-19 playbook has been heavily reliant on mass testing, isolation and lockdowns. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BEIJING - Since the dates of the 20th Party Congress were announced last week, a lingering air of uncertainty in Beijing, like the muggy summer heat, appears to have dissipated.

Beginning Oct 16 and set to last for about a week, the twice-in-a-decade meeting is likely to see Chinese President Xi Jinping break recent norms to seek a third five-year-term.

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