An interesting question is how much foreign governments are supporting the protests. State-affiliated news gives an idea of what is happening.
MSNBC is downplaying the reports protests. The only mention appears on the bottom right of their webpage, and the headline is still talking about clashes at the iPhone factory and rising cases of COVID in China. If anything MSNBC appears to be supporting the Chinese government, not the protestors. Considering the close links between the CIA and MSNBC, this is a good indication that the CIA is not instigating the protests.
RT is reporting the protests as well. The location of the story is at the right side of the top of their page. Russia is certainly not playing up the story, but it is not ignoring it completely at least for their English language page. The Russian language version only mentions British Foreign Office concerns about protecting protestors in China. Russia appears to be supporting the Chinese government but is acknowledging the existence of the protests.
Glenn Greenwald has reported extensively on the close connections between MSNBC/NBC the intel agencies. Here is one example.
CNN also has close relations with the CIA/FBI, although it appears to be trying to distance itself a bit recently. It is putting the China story at the top center of its page, so there may be a diversity of opinions about the protests within the US intel agencies.
Protests erupting throughout China now. Brave folks knowing that cameras are everywhere and ringleaders will be arrested, imprisoned or disappeared.
Thousands took to the streets in China over the weekend in the largest public protests the country has seen in decades. Demonstrators gathered in at least ten cities — including Shanghai and Beijing — calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping over draconian COVID-19 policies that have seen hundreds of millions of people fenced into their apartment buildings.
They will easily quell the protests superficially. But the simmering anger will not go away. Jinping is going full Mao in terms of consolidating power. We shall see but I don’t think this ends in a bunch of arrests. More is afoot.