China’s state propaganda underestimated the World Cup

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“I can not believe it!” – Chinese in lockdown no longer understand the world

The football World Cup in Qatar is showing the Chinese their own plight in view of the strict “Zero-Covid” measures.

Everyday life in Beijing: People in protective masks are checked at the entrance to a test center. Many Chinese have to be tested daily.

Andy Wong / TSTIME

The fact that the football World Cup would not be a celebration of joy for China’s football fans was already clear after the national team failed to qualify by a wide margin. But the actual reason for the massive frustration of many television viewers in the Middle Kingdom is not a sporting one.

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