White House communications coordinator John Kirby told reporters on Monday that the Biden administration supports "peaceful protests" across China in response to strict COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by Beijing, APA reports citing Teletrader.
"People should be allowed the right to assemble and to protest peacefully," Kirby stressed.
The senior White House representative noted the Biden administration continued to closely watch developments in China that arose last weekend, asserting he doesn't see a negative impact on global supply chains from the protests. "A lockdown isn't a policy that we support here," Kirby said.
Protests against coronavirus-related lockdowns in China have spread to major cities across the country over the previous weekend, including the business hub of Shanghai. The unrest reportedly impaired production sites of American tech companies in China, prompting Wall Street's decline today.