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The Chinese Housing Ponzi Exposed: "As We Sell Our First Apartments, We’ll Have Cash Flow To Build The Next Stage"

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Much has been said here and elsewhere about not only China's ghost cities - that final resting place where trillions in Chinese GDP "fixed investment" goes to quietly die but no before contributing to over half of China's GPD - over the past five years, but also about the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble in the past several months now that the Beijing Politburo has drastically slowed down the pace of loan creation and the country has shocked its bond investors by admitting failure is an all too real possibility. This post will therefore hardly reveal anything new, however it will provide some perspective on how from one of the most important industries for China's suddenly cooling economy, housing has becoming nothing more (or less) than one giant Ponzi scheme.

Here are some of the soundbites of a recent Bloomberg piece showing how "Xi’s Squeeze Leaves China’s Heartland Missing Boom" covering such exciting topics as:

... Bubbles:

Cities in China are facing some serious real estate bubbles, and the bubbles in third-, fourth-tier cities have the risks of total collapse,” said Tao Ran, director of the China Center for Public Economics and Governance at Renmin University in Beijing, in a phone interview on March 31. “The central government and banks tightened credit in the property market because they realized the risks.”

... Collateral

That makes it harder for Zhu Houlun, 43, who took over as Laohekou party secretary in August 2012 with plans to merge with neighboring Gucheng by building a new urban center on 70 square kilometers (27 square miles) of farming communities between the two. The project would create a city of 700,000 by 2020, more than double Laohekou’s existing urban population, according to a Xiangyang government report.

 

Zhu must rely on private developers like Liu Pingfeng, from neighboring Hunan province, who is building a 5 billion yuan project north of Laohekou called the Red River Valley Eco-Tourism Resort that includes apartments, a five-star hotel, a theme park and a polo club.

 

Raising funds is very difficult,” said Liu, 47, who has been building in Hunan for a decade. “I used to use land as collateral -- as long as I got the land certificate I could get the loan. Now it’s almost impossible.”

... Musical fountains:

In Red River’s muddy construction site by the river, there are clusters of concrete skeletons that Liu says are due to open in October as shops, cafes, bars and a fitness center. Nearby is a hole in the ground the size of a football field that will be a musical fountain.

... KFCs:

Downtown Laohekou shows how far the city has lagged behind development in the east. Rows of weather-stained four- and five-story buildings line the streets, with shopfronts selling liquor, cheap household goods and clothes. There’s no department store, no passenger railway station, no KFC -- the Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) chain found in 900 other Chinese cities and townships. The nearest civilian airport is an hour’s drive away.

... Social problems:

“Local government officials are still very fixated on economic growth,” said Lynette Ong, an associate professor at the University of Toronto who wrote the 2012 book “Prosper or Perish: The Political Economy of Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China.” “Without growth, a lot of social problems like unemployment will surface.”

... from ashes to ashes, from ghost town to ghost town:

The expansion on the coast was largely fed by immigrants from provinces like Hubei that are now struggling to lure them back. On a February morning in Laohekou’s cavernous and unheated labor exchange, a single jobseeker scans the vacancies posted on the back wall, while five female staff clutch thermoses of hot drinks to keep warm.

 

“It’s hard to hire people here,” said Zhang Hongju, one of the staff. “The young people have all gone to Guangdong and those who haven’t need to stay home to take care of elderly family or kids.”

 

In Chen Genxin’s village, slated to be demolished to make way for China Dreamland, he says everyone is over 50. His sons left during the boom to get jobs in other cities. “If the country wants us to tear it down, we’ll tear it down,” said Chen, 71, as he harvests spinach from his small plot with his wife in the afternoon sun. “The earth will bury me wherever I go.”

... and, of course, the fact that it is all one massive Ponzi scheme:

In Red River’s muddy construction site by the river, there are clusters of concrete skeletons that Liu says are due to open in October as shops, cafes, bars and a fitness center. Nearby is a hole in the ground the size of a football field that will be a musical fountain.

 

The soaring cost of loans means Liu will build and sell Red River in stages. “As we sell our first batch of apartments, we’ll have cash flow to build the next stage,” he said in an interview in February in Laohekou.

Finally, some pictures:

A construction-site hoarding displays an artist's impression of a development containing Tiffany and Louis Vuitton shops in Luying village on the outskirts of Laohekou, Hubei Province, China

Chen Genxin, farmer, and his wife stand for a photograph at their plot of land which is going to be requisitioned to make way for the China Dreamland residential and tourism project by Sichuan Hengxinyuanda Investment Group on the outskirts of Laohekou, Hubei Province, China

 

The new Laohekou Number 1 Middle School stands under construction on the outskirts of Laohekou, Hubei Province, China, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

China Dreamland residential and tourism project by Sichuan Hengxinyuanda Investment Group stands under construction on the outskirts of Laohekou,

 

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:17 | 4686836 fonestar
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Exposedd? 

fonestar likes it when double D's are exposed.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:32 | 4686892 Boris Alatovkrap
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Fine print in brochure for China housing project is reading:

"Yuan bai nu hausu, wi meiku fo yu,... ba yu mas wei ting fo fyu cha bai ya tu pei."

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:39 | 4686922 codecode
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What's a "plot of land which is going to be requisitioned" go for now-a-days?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:41 | 4686930 max2205
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Insane

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 03:54 | 4689497 old naughty
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I-m-sane?

"China news agency, Beijing, April 23 (Reporter Zhou Rui) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the 23rd chaired a State Council executive meeting, listed as private capital involved in transportation infrastructure, oil and gas pipelines and other facilities for a total of 80 projects, "Investment Menu" and promised to let the market "engine" is more powerful."

Translated using google. Link here.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:48 | 4686945 Two-bits
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OT threadjack:   Everyone knows cops lie, but now it is precedent to allow them to perjure themselves.

 

 A seemingly routine suppression hearing in a suburban Chicago courthouse last month took an unexpected dramatic turn when video from a police car was introduced that disproved the testimony of five police officers.

They had said Joseph Sperling was arrested after officers who pulled him over in a traffic stop smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle and found nearly a pound in a backpack lying on the back seat of his car. But the Glenview police video showed the search occurred only after Sperling was taken from his car, frisked and handcuffed, reports the Chicago Tribune (sub. req.). The newspaper dubbed it "a 'Perry Mason' moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom."

Castigating the officers for their "outrageous conduct," Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn granted a defense motion to suppress the search, which eliminated a basis for his arrest and resulted in a swift dismissal by prosecutors of the felony drug case against the 23-year-old.

"All the officers lied on the stand today," said Haberkorn, who herself is a former prosecutor, at the March 31 hearing. "So there is strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie."

The officers were later put on desk duty as investigations of their conduct proceed.

Article here.

What fucking investigation? Madam clerk, will you read back the part where the officers perjured themselves.  There is your investigation.  Two sets of laws.

 

The law of the land is a farce.  The police state indeed. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:52 | 4686972 lordylord
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Cops are pieces of shit is common knowledge, so I don't know why you had to hijack the thread, but...

1) Nullification should be used more to fight government and their insane laws

2) I predict that cop uniforms will be quickly burned by their owners when SHTF.  I bet you won't find a single person admitting to being a lawyer, banker, judge, politician, or cop in the "before times".

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:24 | 4687094 Almost Solvent
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I bet you won't find a single person admitting to being a lawyer, banker, judge, politician, or cop in the "before times".

 

Poppycock - unless they move away, people are going to know exactly who they are.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:07 | 4688776 JuliaS
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There's internet. We can track down every single one of those mofos.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:52 | 4686978 zaphod
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They will all get a free 6-month fully paid vacation, and then come back to being a cop until they "retire" with full benefts at age 50. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:56 | 4688549 hobopants
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An entire country betting their future on a quote from Field Of Dreams.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:50 | 4686969 Zero Hung
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On this we all agree

Mammaries sized DD

Lends regression to 'Bitty'

Sweet hooters and titties

Sign me up as trainee

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:26 | 4687860 Skid Marks
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Hello!

 

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:53 | 4687946 assistedliving
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Bloomberg news 16:52 23 April:  Angelo Mozilo named new head of BOC

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:18 | 4686840 Squid Viscous
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Sum Ting Wong

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33 | 4686900 Boris Alatovkrap
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Beli beli wong!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:44 | 4686943 AG BCN
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Old Chinese Resturant joke.

Customer complains: This chickens rubbery.

Waiter: Fank you velly much. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:25 | 4687101 Almost Solvent
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My favorite fortune in the 'cookie': That was not chicken

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:01 | 4687012 BandGap
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Are there no fucking trees in China? WTF?

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:41 | 4688689 ForTheWorld
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Apparently no clear sky either.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:20 | 4686847 i_call_you_my_base
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China is screwed.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:48 | 4686958 Sofa King Confused
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Those ghost cities will fill up quickly after WW III is over.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:22 | 4686854 Seasmoke
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That's great to know. A new LV store is opening. I may have to visit. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:59 | 4687748 NEOSERF
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Question is whether LV knows about it yet...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:26 | 4686862 carbonmutant
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China has more experience in building modern cities than anyone else on the planet....

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33 | 4686897 walküre
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They've got as much experience in building modern cities as Koreans have experience in driving ferries and evacuating sinking ships.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4686910 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe more experience than Malaysia fly plane or Japan operate nuclear reactor?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:46 | 4686952 walküre
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North Korea takes the prize in building Nukes and missiles. That entire region is full of superior ingenuity.

Collectivist statists are superior at everything because that is what their government's mandate is.

When government says it's so, it must be so! Same shit everywhere government runs the economy!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:59 | 4687007 Boris Alatovkrap
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North Korea nuclear is build by Japan in WWII. Is left remaining when Japan army is flee peninsula.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:30 | 4687870 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Since 2008, China has built *50* Manhattans. Yep, Fif-ty

Uh-huh this is gonna work out great

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:29 | 4688646 ptolemy_newit
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The time lines for movements in populations are alot longer when you have 

1.3 BILLLION.

A new car program takes 4 years?  20 million educated young move to cities take 10 to 15 years?

You have to build them,  what the f.

Yea coonstruction is shit,  so the youth will mordernize.

 

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33 | 4686901 BKbroiler
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just not in filling them.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4686909 carbonmutant
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On the other hand...

Last week the Chinese environment ministry said 16% of China’s soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution.

Now, the ministry of land and resources says 59.6% of the nation’s water is either moderately or seriously polluted. That’s up 2.2 percentage points year-over-year.

A few years ago the government launched a massive project to clean and conserve water but the Chinese model of growth is incompatible with the environmental restraints. -Forex Live

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:39 | 4686926 pods
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To borrow from American art:

The Chinese are playing the part of Nicolas Cage in Leaving Los Vegas.

I think investors are playing the part of Elisabeth Shue.

pods

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:45 | 4686946 Toolshed
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"China has more experience in building BADLY ENGINEERED AND POORLY BUILT modern cities than anyone else on the planet...."

FIFY

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:32 | 4686863 prains
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pro tip: the ponzi isn't just in China, they're just coming to terms with theirs

 

there is a big difference bewtween a chinese ponzi crash and a USA/EU ponzi crash.....about a billion chinese can go back to where they came from, susbsistence farming. It's a knowledge base and eperience that is still part of most families skill set. They can make it work. Western countries can't boil water, make a fire or grow a pair. We will become the zombie nations, china, not so much

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:58 | 4687000 cro_maat
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You can "grow a pair"?!!! Don't tell DHS or that process will be outlawed as terrorism.

Last I looked the matrix was designed to shrivel, shrink and decapitate said pair.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:05 | 4687024 prains
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LOL, my pair answer to a higher power...

 

the wife

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:26 | 4686864 Agent P
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No KFCs?  WTF Laohekou?  This will not stand! 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:27 | 4686869 Stuck on Zero
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What's the national bird of China?

The construction crane.

 

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4686912 pods
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What is the favorite chewing gum in China?

Bubblicious of course.

pods

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:27 | 4686870 Tenshin Headache
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If you build it, they will come.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:28 | 4686873 Doubleguns
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They can live in a bubble. No sharp objects please. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29 | 4686877 Randy Goodnight
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Yeah, but that can't happen in the US.

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:30 | 4686878 ebworthen
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Reminds me of all the empty strip malls in my area.

They'll build a 12 store L-shaped strip mall on the edge of town, and it sits.

Fading "For Lease" signs and empty windows; tumbleweeds and crickets.  But they keep building them.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4686881 The_Small_Lebowski
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Stage 1) Collect fiat currency from all over the world, and also print as much as you can, and then some

Stage 2) Use the fiat currency to build enough infrastructure for the next 10-20 years

Stage 3) Buy as much gold as you can with whatever is left

Stage 4) Watch as the rest of the fiat world collapses, all the while happy with what you have built, and a shed load of gold

stage 5) Profit??

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:31 | 4686882 walküre
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Stupid on a magnitude of beyond anything mankind has ever fucked up. The amount of resources and energy the Chinese have burnt through especially in the last five years just to show their fucking growth numbers is insane. NOTHING can compensate for this when it comes crashing down. The Chinese are doomed to die in large numbers as they are replacing farmland with concrete ghost towns. At least some of the bogus wealth is invested into solar projects in Nevada and tar sand projects in Canada where it's not interfering with anyone.. oh wait.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:24 | 4687095 magnetosphere
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where exactly is the farmland being converted to concrete?

http://www.cobb.leon.k12.fl.us/walperf/This%20Week%20in%20Social%20Studi...

when in doubt it is often better to keep your mouth closed and have people suspect you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:31 | 4686890 pods
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Is everywhere in China hazy/smoggy/foggy?

This is blow in a pit bull's face stupid.  And I thought that Dolly Parton theater on the side of I-95 was dumb. Sheesh.

With every China article I am fearing less and less from them.

That place might even collapse before the US does.

pods

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:44 | 4686941 DoChenRollingBearing
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I believe the same, pods.  China will not destroy America, we can (and will) do it ourselves...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4686908 Eeyores Enigma
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The trick is to build the first floor about a hundred units square then when you sell all of those you build 80 units square  on the second floor, sell them, then 60 units, and so on charging the exponentially more as you go up until you get to the pointy penthouse with a big eye shaped window.

Then you bail.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:55 | 4687213 Emergency Ward
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Use little rebar and cheap concrete on the way up -- and put on a shiny facade.  The Chinese "way".

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:36 | 4686913 random999
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This is how most of china has been built.. nothing new..

 

However i suppose sooner or later it all gonna have to stop. Just look at the sky guys, thats china 24/7 ~300 days a year. Not one city, the entire eastern part from north to south.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:38 | 4686919 ebworthen
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Replacing hard working farmers and farms with concrete + Louis Vuitton & Tiffany = famine, pestilence, war, death.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:39 | 4686924 AG BCN
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China meet Spain, Spain meet China, no you two have a little chat about this whole apartment building thing and compare notes.  

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:43 | 4686939 Peter Pan
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If there are two things that will lead us to one world disaster followed by one world government it will be greed and stupidity.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:47 | 4686953 williambanzai7
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I am convinced that China's greatest challenge is the fact that everyone with private wealth or who is lucky enough to be upwardly mobile now aspires to move out of China. And there are different reasons why they want to leave. The corrupt want to flee others hate the smog, the crowds etc

And then there is the biggest reason that lures all Asians, the possibility of living in a Dallas sized McMansion with 8 bedrooms and TV in every toilet.

So if everyone wants to leave, who will buy these luxury flats?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:50 | 4686966 AG BCN
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Here in Spain the only outside group to increse their numbers last year were the Chinese. When you compare Barcelona to Beijing it's easy to understand why. 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:03 | 4688489 Zero-risk bias
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Indeed.

Barcelona, one of the best places I have been to on Earth, (despite not speaking any of the language, I still had one of the deepest cultural experiences I have ever had rambling around, and just, 'being a tourist' ). Music and art is everywhere.

Beijing, ... well most of the cultural heritage is now commercial real estate and KTV. So far, the only things I have discovered which are noteworthy, are lots of Co2, and lots of roast duck. People speak Mandarin Chinese, and write in the modern Chinese language, which is handy.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:50 | 4686956 Bunga Bunga
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There seems to be a little water problem in China:

60% of China underground water polluted

http://www.france24.com/en/20140423-60-china-underground-water-polluted-...

 

Maybe Russia is happy to supply them not only with oil and gas, but with clean water from Siberia too:

Water pipeline from Russia to China? It's real!

http://voiceofrussia.com/2010/08/02/14233229/

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:48 | 4686961 PlusTic
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ah, nothing like a sound investment based on solid fundamental economics...LMFAO

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:51 | 4686975 stutes33
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I dont see any deflation.....

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:54 | 4686989 WhyWait
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The greatest military danger China represents to "us" is that as its crisis deepens it will become an irresistable temptation for our insatiable, war-mongering and increasingly desperate empire-builders.  The kind of danger the Tar Baby posed to Brer Rabbit.

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:56 | 4686996 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Is typical practice of 'american' economy.

China is 'american' economy.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:13 | 4687048 buzzsaw99
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I pity Chen Genxin and his wife. If they're very lucky they might get a few clown-yuan for their farm then it will be poverty and misery ever after.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:50 | 4687226 Emergency Ward
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The US Supreme Court heartily endorses the Chinese Govt land grab for developers at the expense of the peasant farmers on a plot.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:59 | 4687746 Seer
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Eminent Domain.  Don't get me started!  I fought against a govt/business take-over ("for the kids" won :-( ).  Learned a LOT about it...

Here's a great paper:

http://www.nelfonline.org/cases/Eminent%20Domain%20White%20Paper.pdf

This was also a motivator in my battles:

http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/flawed-forecasts-a-critical-look-at...

These kind of give you an idea on how it all goes down.  Again, I lost my battle owing to the "it's for the children" propaganda and the pathetic businessmen lobbying for more "gifts."

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:39 | 4689095 Aussiekiwi
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They don't look too far out of poverty and misery now.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:17 | 4687066 youngman
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One thing they are not scared...they jump right on it and build a city....takes some big pelotas to do that...and a lot of concrete..

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:38 | 4689094 Aussiekiwi
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Many Apartment buildings in China will only last about 15 years due to shoddy materials and workmanship, soon the can knock the ghost cities down and start again.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:28 | 4687113 Downtoolong
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We give you a 10% discount on your appartment purchase if you refer us to a future buyer who is a 20% greater fool than you.

 

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:46 | 4687202 Rising Sun
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China is a fucking shithole the communists that run it are a bunch of simpleton reprobates.

 

Let's move on.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:34 | 4687627 Seer
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Yeah, if only they had someone brilliant like Abe running the show!

Their quest for growth was ALWAYS going to doom them.  It's a PHYSICAL world, and when your growth outstrips the PHYSICAL (got oil?) then you're pretty much fucked. (Japan should get this point by now, that is, if they're "smart.")

China is only doing what the US (and others) already did.  Difference is mainly in scale, and due to growth "projections."

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4687419 QQQBall
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Hello!!! Land draws and project phasing is typical in the USSA. When a certain % of home/condos in the first phase are "sold"; the bank releases the next phase.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4687549 youngman
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What is strange in China is that they buy them ..but never live in them..just an investment that always goes up....or so it has...and we have seen that before...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:36 | 4687638 Seer
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Beanie Babies!  They helped fuel the Tech Bubble, which in turn helped fuel the Housing Bubble...  So, here in the US people actually traded up! </sarc>

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:56 | 4687739 Martian Tourist
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All property developers fund new builds off the back of revenue from completed builds don't they? I think term ponzu scheme is being used a bit too liberally here.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:00 | 4687755 Seer
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Mostly, yes (stagged project financing), but here we're talking about it being on top of non-existent sales (or pathetic sales).

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:22 | 4688284 Seer
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Silverstein is still alive.  Sad state of affairs...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:13 | 4688412 AdvancingTime
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Corruption has been a huge issue within China for years now more problems are brewing. China has entered a great credit trap and is awash in overcapacity and debt. Much of the recent growth in China after 2008 came from a massive 6.6 trillion dollar stimulus program that expanded credit and poured massive amounts of money into the system.

This money encouraged expansion and construction with little regard as to real demand or need.  After several years of growing debt concern is rising the whole unstable pyramid is about to come crashing down bringing China and possibly the global economy with it. This is not just about writing off a few bad loans. The shadow banking sector is so large that concerns exist about contagion and a domino series of defaults that might rack the economy as savers lose money. More on this subject in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2014/03/china-and-great-credit-trap.html

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:06 | 4688574 SmittyinLA
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Funny when all those banks go bust, and the bond holders coming looking for collateral, the drawer full of "property certificates" will be mysteriously empty. 

 

 

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