After pandemic measures in China were relaxed, some experts said that the biggest challenge for Chinese authorities to curb the pandemic will come after easing the “zero-COVID” policy. On the evening of December 12, many demonstrations erupted at universities across China to protest against the university’s pandemic policy, unfair pay, students’ dissatisfaction with the school’s plan to send them back home and many other issues that remained unresolved. Gordon Chang, an expert on China, thinks that China may face a difficult winter. If the pandemic control fails, the Chinese regime will not be able to cope with the pandemic as it doesn’t have a backup plan.
The Twitter account “Teacher Li is not your teacher” has been posting about students’ protests at many universities in China.
On December 11, protests broke out again at the West China Medical School of Sichuan University. About 300 medical school students staged a protest on campus grounds, protesting that the clinical medical school not only requires students to perform intense work but also does not allow students to take leave; and students face a situation of not being paid fair wages for doing the same clinical work. An intern is only paid 1,000 yuan compared to the normal salary of doctors who get paid more than 10,000 yuan for similar work.
Shortly after, on December 12, students from North Sichuan Medical University in Nanchong city, Sichuan province held a parade, in which undergraduate students demanded to be allowed to go home, and students with professional degrees to be paid fair wages. The students shouted, “No more threat! Apply equal pay! Oppose double standards! Free to return home!”
On December 12, students of Fuzhou University in Fujian gathered at a sports field at night to protest because they were not satisfied with the changes in the plan to send students home that was announced by the school. According to the school’s announcement, the school will be closed and it will switch to online teaching.
On the evening of December 12, protests were also held at Xuzhou Medical University in Jiangsu Province. Fellows from the university were not satisfied with the affiliated hospital asking them to be on the front line of the pandemic to treat confirmed patients, while they are not given N95 masks. As a result, some students were quarantined because they got infected, even the hospital said that these people should not go to work and had their wages cut.
According to Sound of Hope, the information posted by netizens indicates that the students are only wearing ordinary masks. In the cold windy night, they protest to protect their rights wearing just ordinary masks while both the school staff and security guards wear N95 masks.
Students from the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Yunnan province gathered to protest against the hospital’s refusal to give them holidays, equal pay for equal work, and not providing masks while they were assigned to work the hardest. In a video hospital leaders have controlled a number of student protesters, surrounded by plainclothes security staff.
Also on December 12, graduate students from Jiangxi Medical College of Nanchang University, Jiangxi province gathered to demand fair wages. Master’s students working in Jiangsu People’s Hospital also joined the protest for fair compensation policies.
One netizen said, “Medical students are paid no different from slaves. Now that the hospital is also in bad shape, maybe the pressure on them will double.” Another netizen said, “The era of disobedience has come! The success of the “white paper revolution” teaches Chinese university students how to protect their own interests.”
Recently, international health experts have warned that the Chinese regime’s hasty lifting of the lockdown despite the lack of a clear roadmap on how to “live with the virus” will possibly cause the collapse of China’s health system. In recent days, many media outlets reported that pharmacies in many parts of China have run out of COVID drugs.
Gordon Chang, a former White House expert on China affairs, wrote in “19FortyFive” that some call the current situation in China a “nuclear winter” for China. During the winter, 1 million people are expected to die from the virus.
The Chinese Communist Party is currently facing one of the harshest tests in history, Chang said. If pandemic measures fail, the CCP does not have a plan B and its approach is clearly unsustainable. And city governments, which bear most of the cost of the “zero-COVID” policy, can no longer afford it.
Chang believes that in the event of a large-scale COVID-19 outbreak in China, even if foreign countries provide China with medical supplies and other support, it will be difficult for Xi Jinping to accept. That means China will be paralyzed for months as the virus spreads among the population. And as China continues to shut down and its economy continues to decline, the CCP regime will run out of resources.
Chang also stressed that the most dangerous crisis facing the Chinese regime is a crisis of confidence. The CCP has exaggerated the power of the virus for two years, and now suddenly is trying to convince the public that the virus is no longer highly virulent.
“The Communist Party has lost trust and support,” he said.” It can still coerce, intimidate and imprison, but it will nonetheless be hard-pressed to maintain rule in a critical period.”