Shanghai inches towards COVID lockdown exit, Beijing plays defence

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By Eduardo Baptista and Laura Lin BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shanghai cautiously pushed ahead on Saturday with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown, while Beijing kept up its defences in an outbreak that has persisted for a month. Shanghai’s lockdown since the beginning of April has dealt a heavy economic blow to China’s most populous city, stirred debate over the sustainability of the nation’s zero-COVID policy and stoked fears of future lockdowns and disruptions. Unlike the financial hub, Beijing has refrained from im…

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