Skip to comments.China Builds EU Beachhead With $5 Billion City in Belarus
Posted on 05/27/2013 4:47:33 AM PDT by TexGrill
China is building an entire city in the forests near the Belarusian capital Minsk to create a manufacturing springboard between the European Union and Russia.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko allotted an area 40 percent larger than Manhattan around Minsks international airport for the $5 billion development, which will include enough housing to accommodate 155,000 people, according to Chinese and Belarusian officials.
Lukashenko, whos led his former Soviet state of 9.5 million for two decades, is turning to China to help revive a $60 billion economy thats needed $6.5 billion of bailouts from the International Monetary Fund and Russia since 2009. The hub will put Chinese exporters within 170 miles of EU members Poland and Lithuania and give them tax-free entry into Russia and Kazakhstan, which share a customs union. It will also let them draw from a workforce thats 99.6 percent literate and makes $560 a month on average, half the Polish wage.
This is a unique project, Gong Jianwei, Chinas ambassador to Belarus, said on state television May 17, after the project won regulatory approval. Nobody will be able to build anything like this industrial park anywhere else in Europe anymore. The infrastructure is so powerful.
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How many Chinese laborers will be sent to build this city?
The idea of building entire cities to be populated later is new as far as I know. We’ve had several articles and many photographs of built from scratch cities in China that now stand mostly empty. Central planning taken to its logical conclusion, I guess.
Chinese world colonization continues...
I was in San Jose, Costa Rica on business this past year. In the northern suburbs, China donated a sports stadium to the city. When built, China sent thousands of workers over to CR, housed them in prefab units, completed the construction of the stadium and then sent them all home.
I think even the most Free Trade Communist of the Free Traders have to be questioning this Phony Chinese City in Belarus. It looks stupid.
I want to see a Free Trade Communist try to spin this. They are getting as stupid as the Global Warming believers....
Exactly. Guaranteed to be another abandoned city - probably even before it is completed.
When the SHTF in China they (Chinese 1%) want someplace to go.