When Sun Chunlan, a vice premier of the Chinese regime, recently, visited Shanghai, where tens of millions were under COVID-19 lockdown, she was greeted by residents shouting from their apartment windows: “There’s no food left!” and “We’re starving to death!”
Sun was accompanied by a swarm of local officials, cameramen, several vans with black tinted windows, and police vehicles. Yet, the streets were empty. The residents could only view the envoy from their apartments. Some were brave enough to shout from their windows or balconies. Someone called out to the officials, “Can you arrange some vegetables to be sent over?”
The officials, as seen in a video posted by residents in Jiading district, had no reaction whatsoever, as if they didn’t hear anything.
Sun, a former head of the United Front Work Department, was appointed vice premier in 2018. Out of the four vice premiers, she is the only female and the oldest. Since the pandemic began, she’s been staging high-profile visits to COVID-stricken cities. This isn’t the first time she’s been shouted at.
Shanghai ‘Must Win the Battle’
Amid mass testing and draconian lockdowns, Sun went to Shanghai with a stern message from Beijing, “Unswervingly adhere to the zero-COVID policy and win the battle against COVID as soon as possible!”
Since the pandemic began in 2020, Sun took on the unofficial role of “COVID messenger” delivering Beijing’s orders to cities around China.