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China Building Ghost Cities In Africa, why?

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Note the differing colours of buildings? Almost zones perhaps. Strange one

Hardly anyone has moved in, there are few shops and the only place to buy food is a supermarket at one entrance.

It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art city for 500,000 - but eerie footage shows how a Chinese-built urbanisation is at risk of becoming Africa's first 'ghost town'.

Constructed on the outskirts of Angola's capital city Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of flats, a dozen schools and more than 100 shop units.

But, crucially, it has no residents, and many of the nearby slum-dwellers cannot afford the £75,000 price-tag to move in.

This has sparked fears the £2.2billion project, a fraction of the cash China has poured into Africa in recent years, could lay abandoned for years to come.

It has also highlighted the increasing 'colonisation' of Africa by China, seen to be wanting the resource-rich continent as a 'satellite state', in recent years.

It is said to be reminiscent of the West's imperial push in the 18th and 19th centuries, with critics pointing to trade deals with more than 40 countries.

They also flag up the provision of billions each year in loans to states on the continent, which extends China's political as well as its economic influence.

It is seeing local black workers either paid a pittance or pushed out completely in favour of Chinese labourers. And African shops are now flooded with cheap Chinese products.

Sebastiao Antonio, 17, who travels on a bus from an outlying area for three hours a day to get to one of the opened schools, told the BBC: 'I really like this place.

Handful: Chinese workers were the ></p> <p>Handful: Chinese workers were the ></p> <p>Heralded: The new flats were supposed to mark a new era for Angola, but many have failed to sell'It's got car parking, places for us to have games like football, basketball and handball. It's very quiet, much calmer than the other city, there's no criminality.'</p> <p>But when asked if his family would move there, he said: 'No way, we can't afford this. It's impossible. And there is no work for my parents here.'</p> <p>Kilamba street sweeper Jack Franciso, 32, added: 'Yes, it's a nice place for sure but to live here you need a lot of money. People like us don't have money like that.'</p> <p>He has a point. How can someone who earns an average £1.30 per day afford luxury flats that range from £75,000 to £130,000.</p> <p>It seems it's a question state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation, which built the 12,355 acres development in three years in exchange for oil, has not asked.</p> <p>And it now means the city is at risk of turning into the European ghost towns seen across Ireland and Spain.</p> <p>Built during the property boom, they were meant for people who never move in - leaving those who did with a worthless property they cannot sell.</p> <p>Kilamba is the largest of several 'satellite cities' being built by Chinese firms in Angola, and believed to be ><img class=

Brand new houses, empty, waiting on what?

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Older picture from Google earth

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Vast sized cites built by Chine in Africa, real reason?

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Note the coloured areas, why

Note the coloured areas, why

Empty sporting arenas

Empty sporting arenas

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Brand new houses, empty, waiting on what?

Older picture from Google earth

Vast sized cites built by Chine in Africa, real reason?

Yellow section

Note the coloured areas, why

Empty sporting arenas

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The text above was a copy and paste from a source I found online, but why is China paying billions of dollars to buy desert land in Africa to build super cities? The obvious reason is “China is over populated” But how is this going to go down with the international committee when and if China starts moving some of its population to Africa.

I took exerts from various sites above, are they to be believed, I have no idea, but the facts are, it is happening, and happening fast and on a scale that is hard to keep up.

All I am looking for here, again is debate and logical thinking and reasons why?

Shaun

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By Uttam Gill on July 31, 2013 at 08:51 am

Shaun as I read China...From centuries the sense of mysticism is tagged on to this country...They are certainly going overboard as regrad investment In Africa..may it be taking land on lease or mega residential project like this...To me The China bubble is surely going to burst...Do you know that Gross Domestic Consumption of China is alarmingly very low and this itself indicates that in the absence of Domestic demand how dangeroulsy China is exposed to external variables...which is not in their control..Any drastic shift going to bring in very unsettling chain of events in China…Mark my word it is going to happen…They are recklessly expanding and hence to very large extent they are exposed to various threats…

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By Shaun Gibson on July 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yeah this has crossed my mind and I blogged similar a while back in a blog called "Countries in for change" One thing I do know through research is China have money to spend and burn. They are also buying land in the USA.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/29/china-shuanghui-smithfield/2369565/

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-06/21/content_16643650.htm

These were 2 links from many, Simple Google "Are China buying the USA" Not the question, but you get the hits. I believe America, through the Federal reserve have left themselves wide open for any Country to come in and buy into the US. I hope and pray I am wrong.

My other main question would be, "Would the USA, UK, Germany, Russia, France etc sit back and allow China to do this" The answer seems to be yes.

You say it will happen, this drastic shift. I think I agree something is going on and will happen.

Thank you for dropping with a comment.

Shaun

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