China’s Lockdown Rebranding is Terrifying for Humanity

Yu Chun Christopher Wong /

China locks its people down when COVID numbers go above one. It’s the ultimate level of control, though we would expect nothing less from the communist country.

Some of the lockdowns have continued for weeks on end, preventing people from leaving their homes, even when supplies dwindle down to nothing.

The lockdowns are why the Chinese economy is hurting. With entire cities in lockdown, factories are closed, and no one is at the ports to send things out to the rest of the world. If they can’t export, they can’t make money.

The Communist Party of China has decided that the lockdowns are no longer to be called lockdowns. Instead, they are “temporary controls of social activities.”

This should sound vaguely familiar. The Biden administration has changed the meaning of a lot of words as a way to suit their agenda more appropriately. By changing the meaning of the word, their hope is to make it so that more people are accepting of what’s going on.

Rebranding certain words and activities is an extreme level of control – and it’s terrifying that it’s happening.

In China, there are many cities, such as Xi’an, where residents “panicked” according to the state-run Global Times. Since the people didn’t like the idea of going into lockdown, the government decided it was time to do a bit of rebranding.

Now, what’s happening in Xi’an should cause people to panic. The government ordered all 13-million residents on April 15 to begin observing “temporary controls of social activities. They had to remain in lockdown for four days as a result of a new COVID outbreak.

The “anti-epidemic command center” issued a press release that announced the details of the lockdown. This included how local monitors of the Communist Party would stand guard outside of residential compounds to ensure that no one left their building.

The statement read that “Residents are encouraged not to go outside their residential communities, with volunteers being deployed to register and take the temperature of those who come in and out.”

Most residents within Xi’an had assumed that the worst was behind them. They had already been a part of a month-long lockdown, which lasted from December 2021 to January 2022.

It’s not just Xi’an that is experiencing this government control, either. The rebranding of “temporary controls of social activities” is happening in at least eight other cities and counties across China. The country truly believes that they can get to zero cases simply by limiting people from interacting with one another.

The Global Times is trying to put a positive spin on things while signaling to the rest of the world that business is going on as usual. “Unlike city lockdowns that cause massive standstills of work and life, the measures are specified and targeted at different local situations, trying to minimize the impact on people’s daily activities.”

What the Communist Party fails to realize, apparently, is that the “static management” of people is still having an impact on the way in which people interact on a daily basis.

This is what the Biden administration would have loved to do in order to reduce COVID measures. Unfortunately, they knew that they would have had too much of a fight on their hands. Republican governors like Texas’s Abbott and Florida’s DeSantis would have never allowed for such lockdowns or “temporary controls.”

Rebranding a lockdown doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a lockdown. It’s just like changing the word “infrastructure” to include childcare doesn’t make it any less ridiculous.

As we look at what’s happening in China, it’s easy to see that there are a lot of Democrats stealing ideas from the Communist Party – and for that, we have to proceed with the utmost caution.