China right now is one scary situation. Remember they didn't buy into Pfizer or Moderna and have a different vaccination scenario than we do.
Also, at a moment when Putin is setting examples of authoritarianism that China is watching carefully, the Chinese govt finds itself occupied by the mega Covid outbreak and its people are unsettled even to the point of rebellion so China's govt shares with Russia a moment in history where the power of their authoritarian rule is being challenged. Putin thought he could rout the Ukrainians in a matter of days and come out in some variantion of a Russian hero; he thought he could dismantle NATO; he thought the EU would tear itself apart and just the opposite is occuring. China has been watching and recognizes that its own power, economic and otherwise, could be now challenged by worldwide sanctions, corporations cutting off trade, global trade soured and a rebellion of its own peoples.
Covid has changed the world in so many ways and it's not done with us yet. But we can all individually make choices to mask up, not just for ourselves even though we're vaccinated, but so that if we're carriers we don't spread it throughout our community.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... of-dissent