According to the Financial Times, Jörg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, sent a letter to Beijing’s acting mayor Yin Yong regarding the city’s controversial COVID policy.
The letter expressed concerns over Beijing’s strict controlled measures and unreasonable decisions to lockdown businesses and residential buildings.
The letter said, “A lack of adequate preparation has resulted in district governments and/or communities managing the recent outbreak in the same way as they did previously, by locking down businesses — with several having been mandatorily closed despite not being in a high-risk area — residences and other public venues.”
“This is very concerning, given that Shanghai’s experience from earlier this year has shown that after long-term lockdowns, many foreign nationals are likely to leave China. This would be detrimental to Beijing’s goal of developing into an international city.”
The European chamber has also urged China for clear plans for COVID vaccination and reopening.
Experts point out that it’s impossible for the communist regime to simultaneously achieve two contradictory goals: zero COVID and full economic growth.
The Chinese regime two weeks ago unveiled 20 measures for the COVID response, instructing local authorities to avoid sweeping curbs like before. Instead, they are advised to take a more targeted approach to contain the virus, boost vaccination, and preserve hospitals for severe patients.
Beijing reportedly ordered 3.5 million residents in Chaoyang district to stay home from November 21 as authorities have been building makeshift camps around the city to prepare for the outbreak.
Reuters reported that China had over 35,000 new infections on Friday, November 25, a new record high for three consecutive days.
Other mega-cities such as Guangzhou and Chongqing keep struggling to contain outbreaks with new cases surging.