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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Why are there ghost towns in China and Angola?


Nova Cidade de Kilamba - Angola
Picture source: Angola / Facebook

A quick search on Google will reveal that quite a lot has already been written about ghost towns in China. I’m not talking here about old shanty towns that have been abandoned due to economic activity or natural disasters… I’m talking about colossal ultra-modern new cities built by the Chinese government that have been left completely abandoned, and in some cases entirely unpopulated years after their construction.

Some estimates put the number of empty apartments in China as many as 64 million, with up to 20 new cities being built every year in the country's vast swathes of free land. Satellite images of these sprawling cities have been published on numerous sites on the Internet… The website www.businessinsider.com is a good place to begin viewing some of these images.

As I’ve already stated, quite a lot has already been written about this strange phenomenon, but not much has been written about WHY this is happening. There has been some talk about a so-called Chinese ‘property bubble’ – a phenomenon that has seen average housing prices in the country triple from 2005 to 2009.

The bubble started to deflate in late 2011 when housing prices began to fall, following policies responding to complaints that members of the middle-class were unable to afford homes in large cities. The deflation of the property bubble is seen as one of the primary causes for China's declining economic growth in 2012. During the bubble, local government relied on land sales for income (accounting for up to 50% of revenue), incentivizing the continued sale and development of land. Source

It would be easy to condense the real reason for this craziness into one word, namely: “Communism!” – or maybe four words: “Communism and Marxism-Leninism” – considering that the one-and-only ruling party in the People's Republic of China is officially committed to these socio-political ideologies, but my gut-feeling tells me there’s more to this weird phenomenon of building cities well in advance than meets the eye.

History has proven that in almost every single country in the world where revolutionary socialist movements have taken root, and more so when the people are ruled by a one party state, that there is always a massive misallocation (legalized theft) of capital by the ruling government.

However, the further one goes back into antiquity to explore the roots of iniquity, the clearer it becomes that there is an extremely wicked and powerful group of elites functioning in the top political and financial structures of Planet Earth, and that the perceived divisions between East and West, Left-wing and Right-wing, Islam and Christianity, and so forth, are all superficial creations designed to distract attention away from the real issues going on behind the scenes. This blog has used various nickname-expressions when referring to these bunch of vipers, the most recent being the term: 'Masters of Darkness'.

So what are these ‘Masters of Darkness’ planning now with the numerous, largely uninhabited, structures that are popping up in strange remote places, mainly in countries controlled by communist forces? These new cities with their tarred roads, patches of green lawn, and neat rows of apartment blocks surely cannot be for the benefit of the working classes, as the cost of purchasing an apartment in any one of these new developments is well out of reach for the average working-class family. The communist manifesto that claims, “…we represent the interests of the working classes,” is thus complete and utter bullshit!

This posting was inspired after reading a recent report compiled by the BBC's former Angola correspondent, Louise Redvers, who researched the weirdly suspicious activities taking place just outside Angola's capital city of Luanda, at a place called Nova Cidade de Kilamba - a residential development of 750 eight-story apartment buildings, a dozen schools, and more than 100 retail units.

The Kilamba development is the largest of several new "satellite cities" being constructed by Chinese firms around Angola. It is believed to be one of the largest new-build projects on the African continent.

Angola's Chinese-built ghost town

By Louise Redvers Kilamba, Angola

Perched in an isolated spot some 30km (18 miles) outside Angola's capital, Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a brand-new mixed residential development of 750 eight-storey apartment buildings, a dozen schools and more than 100 retail units.

Designed to house up to half a million people when complete, Kilamba has been built by the state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) in under three years at a reported cost of $3.5bn (£2.2bn).

Spanning 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres), the development is the largest of several new "satellite cities" being constructed by Chinese firms around Angola, and it is believed to be one of the largest new-build projects on the continent.

The jewel in Angola's post-war reconstruction crown, Kilamba is the star of glossy government promotional videos which show smiling families enjoying a new style of living away from the dust and confusion of central Luanda where millions live in sprawling slums.

But the people in these films are only actors, and despite all the hype, nearly a year since the first batch of 2,800 apartments went on sale, only 220 have been sold.

Eerily quiet

When you visit Kilamba, you cannot help but wonder if even a third of those buyers have moved in yet.

The place is eerily quiet, voices bouncing off all the fresh concrete and wide-open tarred roads.

There are hardly any cars and even fewer people, just dozens of repetitive rows of multi-coloured apartment buildings, their shutters sealed and their balconies empty… Click here to continue reading the full article.

Click here to see more images of Nova Cidade de Kilamba… It is truly mind-boggling!

Besides the fact that this sinister phenomenon can be ascribed to the destructive consequences of the Communist ideology and its accompanying tendency to misallocate capital on a vast scale, while simultaneously convincing everyone with the massive lie that it is being done for the sake of 'uplifting' the living-standards of ALL people, there could be other reasons why this bizarre phenomenon is taking place:

Oil?
The African continent has become one of the most important sources of oil to China, the world's top energy consumer. Angola is China’s largest commercial partner in Africa, with diplomatic relations dating back to1983. According to Reuters, Angola is set to export 1.81 million barrels of crude oil per day (bpd) in August 2012. About 40 percent of Angolan oil is currently being exported to China. The new developments could thus be in preparation for new oil discoveries in the region.

World War III?
Although this may sound like a long shot, rumours of a looming World War involving Iran, Syria, Russia, China, and a couple of other major role-players, have been floating around for some time now. Bearing in mind that just about everything we own nowadays is made in China, could the construction of massive cities in remote places on earth possibly be in preparation for this coming apocalypse?

Maybe there are readers with some more ideas…?

China in Africa by Chris Alden

1 comments :

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I think you were close with the apocalypse thought, but I think it's more because of the upcoming pole shift which may kill up to 90% of the earth's population. According to zetatalk.com, Angola seems to be a relatively safe place after the shift.

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