The whole world has welcomed 2022. This year is going to be very special for China. From the Beijing Winter Olympics to the third term of Chinese President Xi Jinping, it is clear that China can be in the limelight all year long. China is entering its third year of corona virus. China was isolated in the world after the first case of infection was reported in Wuhan. In such a situation, it will be important to see what will be the attitude of other countries towards China this year. Today we will look at five such key points which are going to be very special this year for China in 2022 and due to which the eyes of the world will be towards China.
Beijing Winter Olympics will be held under the shadow of Corona
The Beijing Winter Olympics will begin in February, after which the eyes of the whole world will turn to China. Different countries are expected to take part in the event. With this, Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Winter Olympics will be organized under the shadow of Corona virus where rules like bubble arrangement and hotel isolation will be applicable.
Some Chinese activists are boycotting these games. These activists are protesting China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet and its political action in Hong Kong. Recently, China’s top tennis player Peng Shuai had made sexual harassment allegations against a former top leader, after which she disappeared. The incident led to a boycott of the Olympics, with the West also playing a major role.
What will be the new strategy in the third year of Corona?
Even though the first case and first wave of coronavirus was reported in China. But China soon overcame it with the help of measures like lockdown and large-scale investigation. It did not suffer any special damage from Corona as compared to other countries. China attaches importance to ‘Zero COVID Strategy’. In such a situation, it will be special to see whether China will change its ambitious strategy this year? Although at the moment there is no sign of it. Millions of people in China are still imprisoned in homes under lockdown once cases increase.
Xi Jinping going to start third term
There are also clear signs of Xi Jinping securing a third term in power during the 20th National Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China. Xi has already expired the presidency in China. Under Xi’s leadership, the party has tightened its control over all areas of society, from arts and culture to schools and businesses. More critical voices in public are no longer tolerated in China.
The party has now made its way into the private life of the people as well. Xi has waged an ideological war against values such as democracy, freedom of the press and judicial independence, and has blown an air of narrow-minded nationalism, causing the ties between China and the West to widen and deepen.
Economy will be the biggest challenge of 2022
The new year will bring some big challenges for the world’s second largest economy. China is grappling with some challenges that could seriously affect growth in 2022. These include crises ranging from the recurring Kovid wave to supply chain disruptions. Although China is still expected to register a huge growth in 2021. Many economists estimate around 7.8 percent. But the story of 2022 will be different from that of 2021. Major banks have lowered their growth projections to between 4.9 per cent and 5.5 per cent. If this happens, it will be the second slowest growth rate since 1990.
Will China’s image improve in front of the world?
In the early days of the pandemic, China made efforts to improve its image during the global health crisis. China supplied masks, medical resources and vaccines to countries in need but things went in a different direction. China successfully controlled the virus at home but its international image suffered a setback. According to the Pew Research Service, unfavorable views of China have reached a record high in the most developed countries of the world.
The vast majority of the 17 countries Pew surveyed last year have broadly negative views of China – 88% in Japan, 80% in Sweden, 78% in Australia, 77% in South Korea and 76 in the United States. %. Analysts say Xi’s absence from the global stage may have contributed to China’s isolation from the rest of the world as Xi Jinping hasn’t left the country since the coronavirus pandemic. This year is going to be very challenging for China. It will be interesting to see how these challenges from China affect other countries, especially its neighbours.
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