The Chinese communist regime’s long-term pandemic lockdown has stoked the flames of public discontent, triggering the “White Paper Revolution” against the “zero-COVID” policy. Hong Kong media revealed that leader Xi Jinping admitted to EU officials visiting China that the virus’s lethal ability had weakened. He also said that the protest was due to the pandemic. The outside world generally believes that the “White Paper Revolution” is the catalyst for China’s easing of pandemic restrictions. Some analysts also argue that, although the “White Paper Revolution” did not sound the death knell for the CCP, it did indeed plant a “time bomb” in Chinese society.
Xi Jinping first talked about the “White Paper Revolution”
South China Morning Post on December 2 reported that on December 1, Xi had talked for more than three hours with European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing about the white paper. He said that the protests started because Chinese people “feel depressed” about the pandemic, and the demonstrators were mainly students and young people.
According to the report, EU officials feel that the CCP may be considering lifting more pandemic restrictions since Xi mentioned in the dialogue that the omicron variant is less lethal than the delta variant.
Bloomberg reported, if Xi’s statement is true, it will be the first time he has publicly acknowledged that the virus is weakening, and it shows that the regime can ease pandemic measures.
According to Vision Times, Yang Dali, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, in the US said that the protests at the end of November forced Xi to ease pandemic measures. Yang said, “Xi Jinping has received this (protest) news.”
In addition, China News said that top leaders of the CCP recently held a symposium on the pandemic for two days. Sun Chunlan, vice premier of the State Council, at both symposium stated that the omicron variant has weakened and that control measures will be optimized. Unlike most of the previous meetings, in these two meetings Sun did not mention compliance with the “zero-COVID” policy.
The outside world generally thinks that Xi and Sun’s remarks are sending a signal that the highest authorities of the CCP are loosening the “zero-COVID” measures.
The effect of the “White Paper Revolution” also seems to be evident. According to VOA, in Urumqi, where the protests began, the next day officials announced the end of a 100-day lockdown. The Securities Times (STCN) said that in recent days, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and other places have eased pandemic measures.
The “White Paper Movement” has awakened the Chinese people
On November 24, a fire broke out in a high-rise in Urumqi, Xinjiang. People were locked into their apartments and couldn’t escape the flames. As a result there were at least 19 deaths and others were injured. According to Yahoo Taiwan, local officials immediately blamed the residents saying that some people don’t know enough about fire prevention and couldn’t save themselves. what they should have said was that the blaze was a “man-made disaster.” This sparked Chinese people’s anger.
In addition, CCTV broadcasted the World Cup in Qatar and not one of the tens of thousands of fans was wearing a mask. The Chinese people’s anger after three years completely erupted. For days, people across China couldn’t bear it anymore and took to the streets holding white sheets of paper expressing their displeasure with the lockdown and the inability to move freely. Even though there’s not a single word on the blank sheets of paper, everyone knows what they’re talking about.
According to Vision Times, some analysts point out that this White Paper Movement proves once again that democracy and human rights for the Chinese people will not achieved by kneeling and begging, but by risking their lives little by little to win it back. Although this movement did not sound the death knell of the CCP, it did install a “time bomb” in Chinese society. Calls for the “Communist Party to step down” and “Xi Jinping to resign” have begun and the younger generation realizes that their right to happiness cannot be controlled by others. In the past, the CCP ruled by relying on conflicts between different classes to prolong its rule, but this time the “zero-COVID” lockdown measures have caused discontent among the people and “White Paper Movement” forced the CCP to quickly relax these measures. This is an unprecedented victory for the Chinese people. Xi’s third term has just begun, and he will have to face the “color revolution” he has spurred on.
Senior communications officer He Liangmao told The Epoch Times on December 2 that, although the protests reflect dissatisfaction with the “zero-COVID” policy rather than a need to completely change the regime, we see that the Chinese people are beginning to wake up.
He pointed out that the regime is really shameless, using the pandemic to control the people and causing many disasters. People do not know when the “zero-COVID” policy will end. They may feel that the past three years have been enough of a torment, and if this period is to be endured any longer, they may spend the rest of their lives confined to their homes. They wanted to free themselves and get out of this lockdown, so they had to bravely step up and raise their arms.
He Liangmao believes that the people who really want to take to the streets to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party can only be the Shanghai people, who after experiencing the lockdown for the past few months, have been deeply hurt. And the “culprit” – Party Secretary Li Qiang, the future prime minister. Now Guangzhou is being locked down, and Shanghai is about to close again. After people protest, of course the CCP will use stricter lockdown measures to deal with them.
He Liangmao believes that, no matter how the CCP changes, or who is in power, it is futile, only the collapse of the entire CCP criminal syndicate can change the situation.