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State media remove reference to five more years under China's strict pandemic controls. No explanation given as to why the reference was removed from the article. The phrase couldn’t be heard on a recording of Communist Party Secretary of Beijing Cai Qi’s speech.

Beijing's top official reportedly pledged five more years of closely following China's zero-Covid policies. Beijing Daily gave no explanation for why it removed the five-year reference from the article. The phrase couldn't be heard on a video recording of Communist Party Secretary of Beijing Cai Qi’s speech.

China's internet users post tearful emojis and memes expressing their emotional exhaustion. “Five years already feels like a conservative estimate to me. I’ve prepared to live with it for the rest of my life,” one user wrote on microblogging site Weibo.

Hu Xijin, former editor in chief of the state-run Global Times tabloid, at first speculated that the five-year reference had been dropped to reflect “the will of the people.” “No one wants to live in Beijing for the next five years the same way as how the first half of this year has been,” he wrote.
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