Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn China is at a crossroads on how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.Credit: Andrii Makukha, Creative Commons Covid-19 may have gotten its start in China, but the country seemed to be the first to contain it. Whether China can maintain that edge, though, is another question. After months of successfully controlling the spread of Covid-19 in China, the virus has suddenly resurfaced in the northern part of the country — in Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, and even in Beijing, necessitating a complete lockdown in nearby Shijiazhuang. Given the ongoing success of Chinese quarantine policies, these outbreaks will likely come under control in the coming weeks. But as the rest of the world inoculates against Covid-19, China faces a difficult choice between launching a mandatory inoculation campaign and continuing its quarantine from the world. Both scenarios will lead to heightened risks of limited outbreaks in China for months or even years to come even as other major economies obtain herd immunity from vaccination. It’s a surprising turnabout. For much of the past year, as the worlSubscribe or register to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.