Focus topics


How two Covid infections expose inequality in Beijing

There is hardly any other Chinese city where decadent wealth and bitter poverty meet so starkly: In the nightlife district of Sanlitun, the sons of CP honchos cruise around in their brightly colored Ferraris, while old women in tattered clothes are begging for handouts on the street corners. In flashy shopping malls, female customers carry designer bags that exceed the annual salary of the receptionists at the entrance many times over. The inequality is plain to see, and yet it is rarely addressed or even criticized by the capital’s citizens.

Continue reading now

Get 30 days of free access to the Professional Briefing to read these and more quality news every day.

Are you already a guest at the China.Table? Log in now

Related

    China plans clean solar supply chain
    The underestimated string puller
    Long live the toad: Jiang Zemin in China’s pop culture
    Protest symbol: blank white paper