Fox Business host Charles Payne said Monday on that if lockdown protests in China derail the entire global economy, then “let it happen.”
Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s “Zero COVID” policy has ignited protests across the country, with authorities locking down thousands of neighborhoods and sending citizens into quarantine centers, NPR reported. Stocks fell Monday after protests against China’s strict COVID-19 restrictions shook investor sentiment. (RELATED: China COVID-19 Lockdowns And Protests Might Slow iPhone Production By Millions Of Units)
There are “worries that these COVID protests in China could actually derail the entire global economy. In this case, though, I say, ‘You know what? Let it happen,'” Payne said on “Making Money with Charles Payne.”
Charles Payne: “Worries over whether the COVID protests in China could actually derail the entire global economy…I say you know what, if that’s the case, let it happen.” pic.twitter.com/DfgmMPUHJn
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 28, 2022
The protests spread after a fire at an apartment complex in Urumqi, a city in the western province of Xinjiang. The fire reportedly killed at least 10 people after quarantine barriers and locked doors prevented tenants from escaping.
The Biden administration said that the U.S. won’t be implementing a zero-COVID policy like China, but will instead increase vaccinations, including boosters, and make testing and treatment more easily accessible instead.
“We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world,” the spokesperson added. “This includes the PRC.”
In response to the weekend of protests, Chinese authorities eased some of the COVID-19 restrictions to subdue the unrest.