Protests were staged in Beijing and other major cities last weekend. Photo: Reuters
Protests were staged in Beijing and other major cities last weekend. Photo: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping believes ‘frustrated students’ are behind Covid-19 protests, EU officials say

  • European officials say Xi’s comments during a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel may signal he is ready to loosen controls further
  • The Chinese leader is also reported to have said that the dominant Omicron strain is ‘less lethal’, but expressed concern about vaccinating the elderly