Is China preparing for a cultural reset by building new cities with all the modern amenities – except residents? This question is being bandied about on Conspiracy Street.
China now has hundreds of planned communities, with plazas, waterfronts, high-rises, and outdoor sculptures ready for new occupants – but where are they?
One theory being considered is that China knows something that they aren’t telling. Are they preparing for repopulation after a doomsday scenario wipes out millions of people?
Or will the new urban complexes be filled with villagers and small-towners, similar to the “pack and stack” model which the United Nations is pushing with their insidious Agenda 2030, a program designed to force everyone in the world to consume the amount of carbon energy the UN says is suitable. And that amount is, pretty much, zero.
Another weird thing about these new Chinese cities is that some of them have been designed to copy international cities of note, such as Paris, France.
One new municipality was built to imitate a typical British town, complete with signature red telephone box (or booth, for you Yanks).
A feature common to all these “ghost towns” or “reset cities” is that their streets are devoid of people, giving the places an eery atmosphere, like a post-apocalyptic movie.
A second shared trait is that these new cities are pre-planned for energy efficiency, crowd control, and centralized services. A prevailing theme throughout these construction projects is to reduce dependence on petroleum fuels. This, in and of itself, sounds promising.
But the drive toward zero carbon footprints for every civic resident is being expressed in laws that forbid only your own car. Public transit will be the only option for getting around the well-bounded urbanscape.
A third feature that is unusual is that all these new cities are being constructed completely before anyone moves in. Normally, cities extend into surrounding areas by developing new subdivisions or satellite communities.
The new reset cities are constructed from the ground up and, often, no one ever moves in. If they do, they may come to regret it. Consider the case of Nova Cidade de Kilamba (the New City of Kilamba), a ghost town in Angola, Africa, that was built 18 miles outside the nation’s capital, Luanda.
The Chinese government is calling their vast network of empty new buildings “satellite cities” and Kilamba is a showcase example being hyped as one of the largest new-build projects on the African continent. Government promotional videos show happy actors enjoying the good life away from the dirty, dangerous slums of central Luanda.
The brand-spanking new mixed residential development spreads out over 12,355 acres and will capable of housing half a million people after completion. Kilamba has 750 eight-story apartment buildings, a dozen schools, and in excess of 100 commercial retail units.
Here’s the kicker: the state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) is behind the $3.5 billion venture.
In 2012, one year after the first 2,800 apartments went on sale, only 220 had been sold. 17-year-old Sebastiao Antonio explained why.
Even though the student thought it was well worth fighting traffic three hours a day to go back and forth between from school at home, 10 miles away:
“I really like this place – 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.”
Why didn’t Antonio’s family live in Kilamba? No work and all pay, according to the youth:
“No way, we can’t afford this. It’s impossible. And there is no work for my parents here.”
32-year-old Jack Francisco agreed. He had begun employment as a street sweeper four months previously and observed:
“Yes, it’s a nice place for sure,” he said, then sighed:
“To live here, you need a lot of money. People like us don’t have money like that to be able to live here.”
An apartment in Kilamba costs as much as a house elsewhere: $120,000 to $200,000. Two-thirds of all Angolans subsist on less than $2 a day, making this kind of lifestyle untouchable.
Why on earth would a large totalitarian government such as China spend so many hundreds of billions of dollars designing and constructing brand-new modern cities that are too costly for locals to afford?
Is a large-scale catastrophe on the way or merely the next step in Communist China’s desire to rule the world, beginning with their own country?
The British Independent newspaper reported that:
“These mysterious – and almost completely empty – cities are a part of China’s larger plan to move up to 300 million citizens currently living in rural areas into urban locations. Places like the Kangbashi District of Ordos are already prepped and ready to be occupied.”
In 2015, photographer Kai Caemmerer visited China and captured images of many empty, new cities. Here is what he was told:
“These new Chinese cities are built to the point of near completion before introducing people. Because of this, there is an interim period between the final phases of development and when the areas become noticeably populated, during which many of the buildings stand empty.”
Just how long these cities will stand empty, ghostly, and silent is anyone’s guess. In a future article, we’ll take a look at reset cities popping up in other parts of the world – so stay tuned!