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China’s largest city, Shanghai, will this week all-but end its COVID-19 lockdowns on Wednesday, and by doing so may smooth some of the kinks in the world’s technology supply chains. Limited lockdowns commenced in Shanghai during mid-March, before April escalations imposed city-wide restrictions that have remained in place ever …

  1. PhilipN

    That's the tech sector.

    Global logistics blew up for everybody 2 years ago and it is getting worse instead of better with no end in sight.

    1. NoneSuch Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: That's the tech sector.

      Physical lockdown ends, political lockdown continues.

      Actually, without COVID, quite a few democracy loving individuals are still physically locked up. The Uyghurs, the Tibetans, Falun Gong and any one else the Chinese Communist Party decides needs a bit of re-education.

      Oh no, wait. The CCP says it has no political prisoners, so everything is fine.

      1. fajensen

        Re: That's the tech sector.

        What irks me about the Uygur Outrage is that, if they were living in the Middle East, we would be droning them and some parts of "my" government would be openly working on plans to send them off to camps in Uganda!

        All empires are the same!

  2. Steve Button Silver badge

    So, how's it working out for them?

    "the lockdowns have caused considerable pain" ... but they have completely eradicated Covid, right? Right? (insert Episode II meme) And it's never coming back? (or they would need ANOTHER hard lockdown).

    From the department of the bleeding obvious - this strategy just can't work in the long term, or even the medium term. And even short term is not long enough to have much effect. So, you have to have a really hard lockdown, make people suffer greatly and even then you are only holding back the tide, to buy time. Time for what exactly?

    The lockdowns just cause misery and suffering, and the harder the lockdown, the harder the misery and suffering (and deaths of course).

    Don't most people realise this by now? Is anyone still on "team lockdown" (apart from the CCP)

    1. druck Silver badge

      Re: So, how's it working out for them?

      Making sure the lockdown procedures and subsequent suppression of dissent is effective, under the guise of zero COVID, is very good practice should the CCP deem it necessary for any other reason.

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: So, how's it working out for them?

      ... to buy time. Time for what exactly?

      You have to ask? (see icon)

      Lockdowns, shutdowns, mandates, all INSANITY, and the way ONLY TYRANTS operate

    3. Alex Stuart

      Re: So, how's it working out for them?

      > Don't most people realise this by now? Is anyone still on "team lockdown"

      It'd make sense if the purpose was to buy time to attain extremely high vaccination rates, but that doesn't appear to be the case in China.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Waiting for next week's news of the sudden surge in new COVID cases in Shanghai.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Big Brother

      is this a) wishful thinking, or b) a general cynicism of the way the CCP and TYRANTS operate?

      just curious...

    2. Twanky Silver badge

      ...news of the sudden surge in new COVID cases in Shanghai

      That 'news' will be as unbelievable as this week's and the last few years' news about how their lockdown was suppressing cases.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/china/

  4. Twanky Silver badge
    Devil

    Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

    So we can go back to rebuilding our economies relying on manufacturers who can pull the plug on a whim.

    1. fajensen
      Coat

      Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

      Nope. But, We can go back to work rebuilding the economies of some rich cunts!

      Our own economies will remain fucked, and that will be ensured by people like Jerome Powell strongly believing that too much is still being left on the table for workers - after ramming inflation rates into the rails, and scumbags like Boris Johnson and Putin fucking some shit up on every occasion they have!!

      1. Twanky Silver badge

        Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

        You call them cunts just because they're rich? Or you assume anyone who is rich must be a cunt?

        1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge
          Angel

          Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

          He's a socialist so he was presumably dropped on his head as a child. Show some compassion, will you.

        2. bombastic bob Silver badge
          Devil

          Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

          ^^^ what he said, in the comment above, plus an observation that some (who are socialists) assume that anyone who is rich neither earns the money nor deserves it. It's no longer like Victorian Age wealth (like from a Charles Dickens novel), nowadays. Most people actually have to EARN it.

        3. fajensen

          Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

          Selection bias: I just assume that everyone too stupid and crass to not use their position to gob off about how other people should cook for 35p or demand we man up and work 3 jobs to survive, they are indeed a cunt all the way through.

          The problem with rich cunts is that wealth amplifies their cunt'ish personality, and allows them to inflict their general stupidity, evil, or both, onto everyone else, who must suffer under it. Making it a civilisation-problem rather than just the usual some-idiot-gobbing-off-at-the-asda-checkout stuff, that we can deal with.

          I am sure that Vladimir Putin worked so hard for his money and pulled himself all the way up by his bootlaces, like a real self-made guy. That doesn't make him anything less of an arsehole, does it?

      2. Steve Button Silver badge

        Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

        You've got it all the wrong way round. It was the lockdowns (and the Furlough + Quantative Easing) that have caused this inflation. Boris was a lone voice in the cabinet calling for lighter lockdowns because he didn't believe they were worth it or even needed (clearly by his own behaviour, but that's another story). He was basically forced into lockdown by the unions (Travel, Health and Teachers) who all threatened to strike if he didn't "protect their members".

        https://whistleblowerphilosopher.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-unions-and-u-turns.html

        So, stop it with your Marxist clap trap, you are talking out of your bum hole.

        If we have a speedy recovery it's better off for everyone, from minimum wage slaves up to rich cunts.

        1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

          I can imagine him reading your post ( and others ) now in reply to his.

          "Those bloody grown-ups! They know nothing!"

          1. fajensen

            Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

            Boris? I don't think Boris can read.

        2. Paul Crawford Silver badge

          Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

          If we have a speedy recovery it's better off for everyone

          Well, everyone but those who died of it obviously.

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Hooray! The lockdowns are ending...

      well in the world of competing suppliers, those who know inventory control and supply chain management understand that there is a tradeoff between low price with poor delivery performance, and higher price with good delivery performance. The most important situation to avoid is LINE STOP. You run out, it's more expensive. So maybe people will make large "whenever it gets here" orders for safety stocks on occasion, or for anticipated demand increases, but I would expect that managers have good memories and will be looking at places "NOT CHINA" (with second and third sources) for procuring materials, in order to get RELIABLE delivery performance.

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