Analyzing China at the prefectural level both confirms and complicates widely held views of the nation’s wealth gap. Let’s summarize the patterns as the “the four C’s” for besting China’s regional inequality.
Why does the western Chinese region of Xinjiang have “so many terrorists”? And do people from central Henan Province really steal manhole covers? These are just some of the questions that Chinese people ask about themselves and each other. Or at least, those are the questions they ask Baidu, the country’s top search engine.