Chinese president denies acceptance of Western-made vaccine = top US intelligence agency | Reuters

Haines, the top US intelligence agency, said on Monday that China faces challenges from the new coronavirus, but that President Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept a Western-made vaccine. The photo shows people waiting for a PCR test. FILE PHOTO: Beijing, China December 3, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

[ワシントン 3日 ロイター] The top US intelligence agency, Director of National Intelligence Haynes, said on Thursday that China faces challenges from the novel coronavirus, but that President Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept a Western-made vaccine.

In China, the number of people infected with the corona virus is at a record high, but some major cities are moving to ease restrictions.

Speaking at the Reagan Defense Forum in California, Haines said that despite the social and economic impact of the coronavirus, Xi “didn’t want a better vaccine from the West and decided to invest in the Omicron strain.” made in China which is largely ineffective.”

He also said that the civilian protests are neither a threat to stability nor regime change at this point, but that “future developments will be important to Xi’s position.”

Haynes also said he thought it unlikely China would hold North Korea accountable for its unusual pace of weapons tests this year.

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