The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has rigidly stuck to its harsh “zero-COVID” policies, increasing public anger.

Young professionals and university students primarily fought in recent protests. However, many people think that the middle class has been ignored, but they are a force that can contribute to political change.

China’s middle class is about 400 million, accounting for 28% of the population. 

This group did not actively call for the expansion of human rights because the CCP had provided enough economic benefits to buy their loyalty.

However, the Chinese middle class has been far more politically active than many realize. Their role in forcing the CCP to abandon environmentally harmful projects is especially noteworthy.

Middle-class protests are more successful than those of less well-off groups in that this group possesses sufficient political savvy and resources.

For example, in 2008, the CCP had to abandon the project to extend the maglev train service because of protests by the landlords in Shanghai.

Endless lockdowns as part of China’s zero-COVID campaign have exacted a heavy economic toll on the middle class. They feel that the CCP has failed in the fight against COVID. As a result, trust and agreement between the CCP and the middle class have almost collapsed.

China’s economy is in decline. So the regime will create fewer economic benefits to appease the middle class.

In addition, the CCP’s tight social controls will lead many middle-class Chinese to resent it.

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