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High House Price vs Affordability in China

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010

(excerpt) Chen Pokong, via secretchina.com –

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Talking about forced relocation, it is closely associated with high house prices. At the time when China and the rest of the world were experiencing an economic crisis in 2009, house prices in China went against the trend and shot up. Based on official statistics, the average national growth of house prices was about 24 per cent. The real data is even higher. Just looking at Shenzhen City, in one year, house prices rose by 80 per cent. In Hainan Island in January this year, house prices rose by 40 per cent. The people exclaimed and remarked: “The price is changing every day.”

Owing to the high prices of real estate, 85 per cent of the Chinese people can’t afford buying their own house. The recent television series called Snail House 蜗居truly depicted the lives of grass roots-level people in contrast to the luxuries enjoyed by those influential and powerful officials. The TV series vividly showed the painful and heavy-burdened white collar stories in the cities of China and labelled the people as “house slaves”. It shocked and moved the hearts of tens of thousands of people. Sharp comments filled the Internet and newspapers. High-level Chinese authorities, however, gave orders to stop broadcasting this series because the show pinpointed the corruption of current officials and showed sympathy to the small, humble people in Chinese society. These real life stories in China were put into a TV series in a vivid and appropriate way. Against a background of high house prices, it showed the corruption of government officials and businessmen who worked hand in glove to make dirty deals, seeking money by deceit and by force. It showed the wide gap between the poor and the rich, where the helpless minorities struggle to keep their homes or homeland intact, while the rich and powerful easily get what they desire.

From forced relocation to high-priced housing, the Communist regime and its citizens are on opposing sides. Tensions build up and clashes keep happening. Once again, by indirect evidence, it is proven that the Chinese regime, which became wealthy and powerful by hoarding resources and relocating people by armed force, is losing its credibility. To judge whether a government is strong or weak is not determined by how much armed force they use. Rather, it lies in whether a government follows the will of the people and whether it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. (The Secret China)

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