New American-Sino Monetary and Geopolitical Relations
The empty streets, homes, and commercial spaces of China’s ghost cities are starting to come alive. The vast building of empty cities by Chinese civil and cultural planners over an almost two decade span was considered by most in the West to be an example of overbuilding in a closed economy, an economy which was decades away from functional levels of maturation. Few considered the possibility that China was engineering one of the greatest socioeconomic plans in human history.
Long-term POM readers will remember that this was one of the core themes in the early years of the site. China’s rural population has always been a problematic issue for the policymakers in Beijing. Throughout its history Chinese farmers have repeatedly overthrown their Sino rulers through violent revolution. The benefits of a massive lower class which supports the alternative need for a viable and content middle class.