China Builds 27 Empty New York Cities

China has actually managed to build New York cities and not just one, but a staggering 27 empty ones. This by no means is an ordinary feat.

China Builds 27 Empty New York Cities

China’s vacant housing units could accommodate New York City 27 times over as of 2016, reports The Epoch Times.

To you, what does this imply? The waste of so many resources has a lot of knock-on effects. Be thankful that you don’t have to worry about wicked genies suddenly branding you with mortgaged deeds as you go through a mental exercise to learn more about the disastrous repercussions of credit bubbles.

That may be frightening. Consider the possibility that a vengeful genie has taken a disliking to you. What could be a more heinous act of malicious magic than the genie handing you the deeds to China’s staggering inventory of 70 million unoccupied apartment complexes amassing dust?

You may believe it will make you a millionaire, a real estate mogul on par with Donald Trump. But reconsider.

This could be a good time to relay an unexpectedly nice storey Trump told about himself during the late 1980s and early 1990s savings and loan crisis. At the time, 1,043 of the 3,234 savings and loan associations in the United States collapsed as they attempted to absorb billions of dollars in over-mortgaged real estate properties.

Trump was out wandering the streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side one evening with his girlfriend at the time. They came across a bum in a ragged peacoat resting on a grate as they walked. Trump remarked to his companion, “That guy has $1 billion more than I do.” She responded, “But he doesn’t look like he has a penny.” Trump replied, “He doesn’t.”

Trump’s riches was held captive by the banks, to whom he owed nearly a billion dollars more than his assets would have sold for in a fire sale, at the time he said that. Because Trump isn’t known for making jokes about himself, I characterize this as “an uncharacteristically charming story.” Despite this, he reaffirmed in a conversation with me that the above account I’m sharing with you is correct. It displays Trump at his best, jokingly acknowledging the ramifications of double-entry accounting.

With all that in perspective, how could you possibly manage to pay the construction mortgages on the 70 million apartment units deeded to you by the evil genie that have no residents? This is a difficult question. You’d have to do some quick talking with Chinese banks, similar to what Trump did with New York banks during the S&L crisis decades ago.

Your only chance of evading being drawn into a black hole of debt defaults is to employ some cunning crooks dressed as accountants to help you convince the banks to give you additional billions (or, more likely, trillions) to put off the inevitable reckoning. It’s worth noting that the degree to which you achieve would exacerbate the overall malinvestment problem. Adding more debt to your assets would not improve them in any way. They’d only get more expensive.

Could you continue to kite the debt?

A $36.4 Trillion Question?

That’s a question worth at least $36.4 trillion. It may be a $45.9 trillion or even $116.6 trillion question. The proper answer is contingent on China’s current debt level. The Chinese bad debt crisis is 1,000 times bigger than Trump’s challenge three decades ago, when the systemic debt issue was measured in billions of dollars.

Professor Victor Shih of the University of California, San Diego, is quoted in Forbes. According to Shih, China ‘s declared debt estimates are terribly inadequate.

A $45.9 Trillion Question?

In 2017, Shih estimated total Chinese debt to be $45.9 trillion, or 328 percent of GDP (reported as $14 trillion). According to Shih, “total interest payments from June 2016 to June 2017 exceeded the incremental increase in nominal GDP by roughly 8 trillion RMB.”

If that’s the case, it’s a sign that the end is approaching. However, as bleak as it seems, the reality could be considerably more so.

Or a $116.6 Trillion Question?

You don’t accept official statistics at surface level if you’re a connoisseur of forbidden facts like me. You keep looking for clues that will lead you to the truth. Chinese government statistics, in my opinion, are just as skewed as those in the United States. Even more so.

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An aerial view shows the Evergrande Changqing community in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, on Sept. 26, 2021. (Getty Images)

Professor Christopher Balding of Peking University’s HSBC Business School, who has excellent contacts in the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) Financial Stability Board, recently performed some subversive arithmetic by mixing “on balance sheet assets” and “off-balance sheet assets.” Debts are liabilities for the borrowers, while they are assets for the lenders.

He comes to the conclusion that China’s overall debt is a staggering 833 percent of GDP. This equates to a debt of almost $116.6 trillion.

Wow, just wow!

Official data imply that the true debt level is three and a half times greater. China’s debt is 260 percent of GDP ($36.4 trillion), according to the National Development and Reform Commission. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) adopts a 230 percent lower official estimate. Assume, however, that Balding’s estimate of 833 percent is right. In such scenario, this is a critical issue for the global economy as well as your investments.

Annual Interest Payments of 29 Percent of GDP?

Keep in mind that Chinese interest rates are not as low as those in the United States or as negative as those in Europe and Japan. Assume that the average interest rate paid is the same as the 3.5 percent short-term interbank deposit rate. “This would imply financial services costs to the economy of 29% nominal GDP,” Balding observes. It’s a big nut to crack. Even Chinese growth rates would fall short of meeting 29 percent annual carrying expenses.

Is there a chance that Balding is correct?

Yes. There are various indications that he is.

Are Official Financial Figures Wildly Wrong?

For one thing, practically each Chinese bankruptcy case reveals concealed individual company liabilities. Balding observes, “it is common to find enormous amounts of undisclosed debts or (Enron-like) asset management products in Chinese bankruptcies or defaults.”

This adds to the idea that the true debt amount has been understated. It also entails, in Balding’s words, that “official on balance sheet financial figures are wildly wrong with disastrous consequences.” He warns, “This implies that we need to rethink the entire story of Chinese development and finance since probably about 2000.”

Balding continues: “Excessive indebtedness is distributed in virtually every sector of the economy. Before, if there was a shock to the corporate sector, householders and the government could step in and help. However, virtually no sector of the Chinese economy does not have an enormous indebtedness. Distributing it throughout simply lowers the capacity to handle a shock.”

‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished’

Talking of “shocks,” it should come as no surprise that Balding was sacked from his position at Peking University after expressing his conclusion that China’s overall debt has risen to 833 percent of nominal GDP, based on PBOC data.

Professor Balding’s termination is as close as you can get to official affirmation that his calculations are true in a corrupt society wherein individuals possess trillions of incentives to deceive about the economy (and many have no doubt lost their lives for failing to heed them).

Balding’s disclosures can be summarized as follows: no one appears to know who owes what to whom or how much money can be resolved before the Chinese house of cards crashes. Bad debt in China’s banking system is estimated to be as much as 50% of GDP, or $7 trillion. More than enough to bring the banking system to its knees.

The asset bubble in China is about to burst. I doubt any Chinese tycoons are wandering Shanghai’s streets with their girlfriends, cracking jokes about street people being a trillion yuan richer than they are. This highlights a concern when a country’s government expands debt beyond the scale of assets possessed by even the wealthiest individuals. That makes it all the more unlikely that mortgaged assets may be repaid while still being encumbered with debt at this level.

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6 Responses

  1. Gee how surprising that a corrupt country that enslaves its’ people also has extreme corruption in the financial sector. One thing that we need to recognize is that China does not adhere to the tenants of communism. If it did, all those apartment buildings would be occupied with happy, healthy Chinese citizens. Instead, the government stood by and watched the Chinese people get robbed by the developers that built all those empty buildings. Many of them are sold on paper to people who, in good faith, put every bit of their savings into the down payment for one of these apartments. They did this because they had faith not only in the builders but in their government. Now, because the companies been allowed to behave irresponsibly, the potential buyers have been literally left out in the cold. How dare the Chinese call themselves communists. Putting all the money in a big pot and sharing it our equally only works if there is no corruption. So if they are not communists, what are they? What form of government enslaves and robs its’ citizens? Maybe we need a new name for this. Idiotocracy? Moronism? idk…Suggestions please.

  2. One factor not considered is that China’s demographic chart is set for collapse within 20 years. In other words, they’re aren’t going to be enough young people to support the old. In addition, throughout the childbearing years, males outnumber females by at least 20%.

    How have other empires solved this situation in the past? They invade a country, and steal the childbearing women. If one country doesn’t fix the imbalance, they invade another and take the young women from there too.

  3. That joke was not spoken by Trump. He doesn’t think in riddles and quips, he always speaks toward an objective. He also doesn’t self-depricate and he certainly wouldn’t do so in front of someone he’s dating.

  4. This is indeed correct that Balding states that China has $116.6 Trillion Debt even with China’s Population will not be enough to pay it off. Which brings me to something else is this Covid 19 Plandemic is not only to cause massive fear and incredible forced coercion it’s also to crush the Fiscal Currency so none will exist and Cryptocurrency will be introduced and will not be Bitcoin or any current Cryptocurrencies around.

  5. It’s not about financial debt , all state players knows about the incoming imminent pole shift as per the data central china will the hot zone incase earth really goes zoOM… Hence it’s BCP plan for new earth civilization. All tectonic plates are really hot these days. Let’s wait and watch.

  6. Sorry Jennifer but no one anywhere at any time has ever “…adhered to the tenets of communism…” Marx was an imbecile. Billionaires like Armand Hammer, George Soros and David Rockefeller realized decades ago that there isn’t a split hair worth of difference between Communism and Fascism. There was no moral distinction between Nazi death camps and Soviet gulags. Nor between Hitler’s brown shirts, Mao’s red guards or America’s Nazifas. In his Memoirs David Rockefeller had nothing but praise for Mao.

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