Will Detroit Be The First Major Chinese City In The United States?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Is Detroit destined to become a Chinese city?  Chinese homebuyers and Chinese businesses are starting to flood into the Motor City, and the governor of Michigan is greatly encouraging this.  In fact, he has formally asked the Obama administration for 50,000 special federal immigration visas to encourage even more immigration from China and elsewhere.  So will Detroit be the first major city in the United States to be dominated by China?  It could happen.  Once upon a time, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the history of the world and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country.  But now it is a rotting, decaying, bankrupt hellhole that is in desperate need of a savior, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appears to be fully convinced that China can be that savior.

To Snyder, encouraging foreigners to invest money and buy up properties won't cost the state government much, but it could potentially have great benefits...

Under a plan to be unveiled Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder will request 50,000 special federal immigration visas over the next five years to attract foreign professionals who are willing to work and live in the city.


Mr. Snyder, in an interview Wednesday, said that “this is one way for the federal government to step up to provide significant value without cost that could have a huge impact on the city’s future.”

At a news conference announcing his plan, Snyder was not shy about declaring his intentions...

"Let's send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world."

In other words, Snyder wants China to save Detroit since nobody in this country is going to.

Snyder has also taken a couple of additional steps to encourage immigration and foreign investment, including opening up something called "an Office for New Americans"...

Opening an Office for New Americans to attract and help immigrants better adjust to life in Michigan, and designating the state as an Employer Based or EB-5 center to expedite visas and permits for immigrants who want to open business in the state with investments of at least $500,000 and 10 employees.

In essence, Snyder has done just about everything except roll out the welcome mat for the Chinese.

But this is nothing new for Governor Snyder.  In fact, he has been making overtures to China for years...

Snyder, who was a businessman before starting his political career, believes that automobiles can no longer change the fate of Detroit. He said that he has learned from the history of the United States that what has made the nation great is immigrants.


In the early 1990s, Snyder went to China to develop the automobile market. After he was elected as the governor of Michigan, he made at least one trip to China every year, with the aim of recruiting talent.


He hopes that well-educated Chinese people can revitalize the Motor City in the new era. And as he desired, after Detroit announced its bankruptcy in 2013, the Chinese began to take the dying city by storm.


Rich Chinese men see Detroit as a rare opportunity for investment outside their home country.


In 2013, without any field investigation, Dongdu International Group of Shanghai — whose assets total 5 billion yuan (US$800 million) — spent US$13.6 million to buy the David Stott building and the Detroit Free Press building at auctions in September.

And when we talk about the Chinese domination of Detroit, this is not something that is just future tense.  This is something that is already happening right now.  For example, the following is an excerpt from a CNBC article that discussed how Chinese companies are already aggressively "putting down roots in Detroit"…

Dozens of companies from China are putting down roots in Detroit, part of the country’s steady push into the American auto industry.


Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers.

The transformation that has taken place in that region of the country is absolutely remarkable.

48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost between December 2000 and December 2010.  Our trade deficit with China was largely responsible for that.

And now we are relying on China to come in and salvage the ruins of our gutted economic infrastructure.

Not only that, but the Chinese are also eagerly buying up homes at extremely depressed prices all over Detroit.

According to CNN, Detroit is already number four on the list of the top 10 destinations for Chinese homebuyers.  In many cases, Chinese buyers are scooping up properties without even looking at them first.  Just check out what one Detroit real estate broker told Quartz last July...

“I have people calling and saying, ‘I’m serious—I wanna buy 100, 200 properties,’” she tells Quartz, noting that one of her colleagues recently sold 30 properties to a Chinese buyer. “They say ‘We don’t need to see them. Just pick the good ones.’”

And they aren't just interested in Detroit.  As I have written about previously, one Chinese company known as "Sino-Michigan Properties LLC" actually had plans to buy 200 acres of land near the little town of Milan, Michigan and turn it into a "China City" with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.  For much more on how Chinese buyers are gobbling up real estate all over the nation, please see my previous article entitled "The Chinese Are Acquiring Large Chunks Of Land In Communities All Over America".

All of this is just another indication of how rapidly the global economic landscape is changing.

Since the late 19th Century, the United States has been the most dominant economic power in the world.

But now that reign is ending.

Just recently, a new study released by the World Bank indicated that China is now the largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power...

A report out of the World Bank shows rapidly expanding China is poised to overtake the once invincible United States as the world's largest economy by the end of 2014.


The International Comparison Program looks at exchange rates to reveal purchasing power of different currencies and found that yuan in China will soon pack more punch than the mighty dollar.


Meanwhile, Chinese officials bashed the report as flawed, likely for fear of losing its status as a developing nation and the pollution-spewing perks that come with it.

And a couple of years ago China passed the United States and become the leader in global trade.

As the Chinese economy continues to rise and the U.S. economy continues to decline, the shift in global power is going to become even more dramatic.

Yes, let us hope for the best for our failing economy, but you also might want to teach your kids to speak Chinese just in case.


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SheepRevolution's picture

Well since everything we buy these days has "Made in China" labeled on them, what difference does it make?

bania's picture

Just update the labels to say "Made by Chinese"

Troll Magnet's picture


CrashisOptimistic's picture

You're only now doing that note?

So . . . the UAW will be coolie labor.  How quaint.

SumTing Wong's picture

Check out Macon, GA. It is called the Detroit of the south. Corrupt politicians, boondoggles of investments, and then declining property values.

Guess whose mayor decided all the little schoolkiddies need to learn Chinese. Uh oh, SumTing Wong! Hey, that's me.

Frank N. Beans's picture

they wanna build a monorail


Bananamerican's picture

HEY! they just might end up polluting the city, ya know....and then what and stuff?

Somebody remind me why we have borders again? (that we spend Trillion$ "defending" from (insert boogeyman)

ndotken's picture

Miami is owned by Cubans, Los Angeles by Mexicans, New York by Jews ... so what's wrong with Detroit being owned by the Chinese?

Keyser's picture

Hell, the Chinese can level Detroit to the ground and build a mega-city in it's place in less than 1 year... They've been doing it in China for a decade... 


Four chan's picture

the chinese are not coming to detroit. who wrote this hyperbole?

mjcOH1's picture

There ain't enough Chinamen to stay ahead of the killin' curve in Detroit for that city to go Chinese.

But if they'd like to try, more power to them.

N2OJoe's picture

Well I've never been to Detroit (and never intend to) but I think I'd rather have the Chinese as my neighbors than hoodrats and muzzies.

Maybe instead of car parts they should make bulletproof vests and bomb suits?

Dickweed Wang's picture

The chinese are not coming to detroit. who wrote this hyperbole?

Someone who obviously does not live in the area or has even been to Southeast Michigan.  There are far more Arabs in the Detroit area than Chinese - in fact, large scale Chinese populations in the Detroit area are non-existent.  They are buying the properties here - not moving here.

Yeah, Detroit is rotting from within and it started with the shenagins of the late mayor of Detroit "It's my People Mover" Coleman Young.  The problem perception-wise for the rest of the country is if you could core out the area from Downtown Detroit to the outlying suburbs you would find one of the nicest areas in the US (winters notwithstanding).  This is coming from a resident of the area that has been to most of the other largest metro areas in the country.

Dugald's picture


Reminds me of a book title.....

                THE ENEMY WITHIN

thecoloredsky's picture

Pretty sure Detroit is a French name. Wonder what they are waiting for... Oh that's right they're broke too. 

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

If the Chinese want Detroit, they can have it including the inhabitants.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Well the Chinese could not fuck it any worse than it is at the moment. Or could they?

Social dislocation coming to Motown as soon as they get the getto thing going. Its going to be fun watching the Bloods and cripts give turf to the Chineses gangs.

Keyser's picture

The Chinese have no problem getting rid of vermin -or- living with them and profiting off the black market...

mjcOH1's picture

"The Chinese have no problem getting rid of vermin -or- living with them and profiting off the black market..."

The Chinese will strip mine it for its natural resources. It has the world's largest known deposits of MD 20/20 and Cisco Red.

Dickweed Wang's picture

If the Chinese want Detroit, they can have it including the inhabitants.

Another fuckhead that likely has never even been to the area . . . .

PT's picture

So, first they gave the jobs to the Chinese, then they got surprised that the yanks couldn't afford to buy any land, so now they're selling the land to the Chinese.  Well, I guess they worked hard and so deserve whatever they can afford to buy.  Guess it will also cut shipping costs.  Hey!  Wasn't all this a little subplot in a Will Ferrel movie recently?

(The Campaign)

When you impoverish your citizens, make a foreign country rich, and then sell your land to a foreign country, isn't there a word that means all that?

No, not globalisation.  The other word.  Often associated with pieces of rope for offenders. 

PT's picture

Bet the Chinese will be pissed and wish they had have bought sooner when they see all the wasted factories and infrastructure that they have to rebuild.  Then again, if everything was working then they wouldn't be able to get it at bargain prices.  They are getting it cheap, aren't they?  Guess it doesn't matter.  What else would they do with all them US dollars?

Oracle 911's picture

Well, in eastern Europe is a running joke:

In 20xx you will start your application for a new job with sentence: I always liked rice.

I never thought even in my wildest dream, it will apply for USA.

Flux's picture

Wait ...

I thought Canada was going to buy Detroit?

Can't we have an auction or something?

Son of Loki's picture

Just North of Detroit live more Muslims then in Iraq and Pakistan combined. A recent article said there are over 60,000 Muslims in that subrub. The second largest concentration is just east of San Diego [go figure?] where they said over 40,00 live.

So why not have the Chinese in Downtown Detroit? It all sounds like improvements to me from the previous bunch.

LFMayor's picture

Poor little bastards. They'll still have to fight them Wiggers.  And Uighers, too.  

8 MILE ROAD Shout OUT to all Marshal Mathers Home-Slices, Biatches!

Uchtdorf's picture

Uhm, dude, the population of Iraq alone is 32 million.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Aren't there over 180 million muslims in pakistan?

Either way I would think that the biggest concern would be the unwashed lawless masses in detroit itself.

It's funny to see the schitzophrenic west on one hand demonize the likes of china as job stealers, currency manipulators and general menace while begging them for their money.

All the foreign real estate investment here is aggravating me as it helps forestall the real estate collapse I'm waiting for.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Apparently an asian muslim virtual bus tour just stopped by for a raspberry fest on the downvote front on their way to buy detroit LOL.

Matt's picture

Just how low do property prices in Detroit have to fall, before you consider it a collapse? You want to get paid to take the property?

I know, you're probably talking about Toronto or Vancouver.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Yes I'm talking about canada, not detroit. I'm acutely aware that the bombed out shithole sees houses trade for back taxes or less.

Blano's picture

Uh, no, there aren't more Muslims in the Dearborn area than Iraq/Paki combined, and it's immediately WEST of Detroit.  Still turning into a shithole though from what I hear from my friends there.

Dickweed Wang's picture

The Arabs in the Detroit area are some of the hardest working, smartest, business people I have ever encountered.  If they had more say in the way the city was run Detroit would not be in the mess it is in.

Bananamerican's picture

Yeah? Well, if we were having this conversation in Arabia that might make more sense

pato28's picture

Canada's been china for years

pods's picture

The amount of funny money floating around the punch bowl is certainly at a peak.  "just pick me the best ones."
Those lines used to be about apples, or flowers for the mailbox.  Now about houses.

This is not going to end well.  And with those 50k new Visas, expect wages to drop in the areas in which the Visa people enter into.

We have about hit peak government I am NOT sad to say.


Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Maybe the Chinese should watch Hardcore Pawn before they pull the trigger, eh?

Mr Pink's picture

I know! Those sneaky Joos would scare anyone away!

Telemakhos's picture

How much can wages drop in Detroit, the Home of Unemployment?

pods's picture

Once they get here they certainly ain't gonna stay in Detroilet.


Cathartes Aura's picture

look up "special economic zones" if you truly want an answer.

and then realise some amrkn states have been trying that meme on for over a decade. . .

hello OHIO, IDA-HO, and more - come on down!  let's make a deal!!

Cathartes Aura's picture

amrka may have "hit peak government" but the global governing game is in full swing.

what about this story hasn't been obvious for years, hmm?

Snyder, who was a businessman before starting his political career. . .

In the early 1990s, Snyder went to China to develop the automobile market. After he was elected as the governor of Michigan, he made at least one trip to China every year, with the aim of recruiting talent.

dude's been on the global-bandwagon for over two decades, tell me this isn't a fuckin' pattern here, lol.

wake up folks, nationstates are artificial, arbitrary, IMAGINARY boundaries created in the minds of the flag-wavers, and kept alive via the stupid "voting games" - much like sports team colours & cheerleaders - the same distractions on a larger scale.

hilariously sad.

robobbob's picture

.........nationstates are artificial, arbitrary, IMAGINARY boundaries .......

at the treaty of westphalia, they represented recognition of cultural and social groupings.

many of the worlds problems stem from colonialists creating boundries based on economic or bureuacratic usefulness at the expense of the cultures affected. today, globalists are continuing the tradition

Monty Burns's picture

Do the Chinese realise they'll have to compete with Detoilet's current thrifty and industrious inhabitants?  Should be titanic.

PT's picture

No.  Everyone will get really excited when products "Made in the USA" start making a comeback.  Boy, are they in for a surprise.

dtwn's picture

Doesn't China already have multiple ghost cities already?  With much nicer infrastructure.  Why would they want to come here?