Heavy fog covers buildings in Qingdao, on the coast in Shandong province. Part of the imbalance in Chinese socio-economic conditions stems from the relative wealth of the country's coastal areas compared with its inland provinces.
The global financial crisis in 2008 was the last straw for the Chinese economy. After years of rapid growth, China had finally reached the limits of its economic model, centered on exports of low-end manufactured goods. The ensuing slump revealed the glaring inequality that still divided the country's coastal regions...
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