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Expiration Jul 6, 2013

Steve,

It seems to me that the 70-year (whatsoever) term only applies to the right to use the land on which the homes are built, not the ownership of the homes. Home owners still own their homes permanently. Perhaps, they will have to pay additional fees for further use of the land when the term is about to expire. Some owners buy those homes just to make a profit, taking advantage of current situation of the housing market. They simply don't worry about the expiration since they would sell the homes long before the expiration date. On the other hand, many home owners may not need to worry about the expiration at all since a lot of homes wouldn't last that long.


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Land ownership Jul 6, 2013

ysun wrote:

Steve,

It seems to me that the 70-year (whatsoever) term only applies to the right to use the land on which the homes are built, not the ownership of the homes. Home owners still own their homes permanently. Perhaps, they will have to pay additional fees for further use of the land when the term is about to expire.



I see. That sucks, in the sense that the government can charge whatever it feels like for the renewal of the next term for the use of the land. I suspect it won't be pretty.

The American system makes a lot more sense to me, although we do pay through our nose on annual property taxes.


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the 70-year term Jul 6, 2013

wherestip wrote:

I see. That sucks, in the sense that the government can charge whatever it feels like for the renewal of the next term for the use of the land. I suspect it won't be pretty.

The policymakers wouldn't stay in their positions forever. So, they wouldn't care about what would happen in 70 years.

[Edited at 2013-07-07 04:28 GMT]


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Social Trends Jul 8, 2013

Chinese Buyers Flood U.S. Housing Market

By Les Christie


http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/08/real_estate/chinese-homebuyers/index.html?hpt=hp_t2


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帮助美国振兴经济 Jul 9, 2013

wherestip wrote:

Chinese Buyers Flood U.S. Housing Market

By Les Christie


http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/08/real_estate/chinese-homebuyers/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Most of her Chinese clients are wealthy industrialists or real estate tycoons, many of whom spend less than half the year in the States.

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China's gross domestic product has grown by high single-digit, sometimes double-digit rates for the past 10 years, producing a lot of cash for the country's top business people who view U.S. real estate as a safe and stable investment.

刮尽了中国的民脂民膏,再来帮助美国振兴经济、提高 GDP。


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Ghost cities Jul 9, 2013

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-ghost-cities-2011-5?op=1

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Houses sitting empty Jul 10, 2013



Yueyin,

Something's not right. Eventually, they should turn this into a "Habitat for Humanity" project, like the one Jimmy Carter is well known for participating in.


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Habitat for Humanity Jul 10, 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_for_Humanity

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China's Economic Central Planning Jul 10, 2013

It's hard to second-guess what the government‘s vision on housing the poor is. But those ghost cities hardly seem to be built with the great ancient poet's wishful thinking in mind.



安得广厦千万间 大庇天下寒士俱欢颜 风雨不动安如山

呜呼!何时眼前突兀见此屋 吾庐独破受冻死亦足

—— 杜甫



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鄂尔多斯“鬼城” Jul 10, 2013

Steve,

官员们关心的是GDP,而不是“寒士”。至于“鬼城”的成因,从下面这篇文章就可见一斑。由此看来,“鬼城”在全国各地陆续不断地出现,将是很自然的事情。不知那“总设计师”会有何感想?

http://house.ifeng.com/news/detail_2012_08/29/17179491_0.shtml
前事不可追,后来者当吸取教训。眼下,鉴于经济下滑态势迟迟未能见底,为确保GDP之光鲜,各地皆已刮开新一轮“大开发”比拼风。若科学发展观继续被地方政府作随心所欲之曲解,要不了数年,中国版图上是否又会平添一批类似鄂市那样的“鬼城”?还真不是杞人忧天!


Ordos, China: A Modern Ghost Town
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1975397,00.html

Ordos: The Biggest Ghost Town in China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17390729


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Air pollution and traffic congestion Jul 17, 2013

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57593220/china-plans-to-further-restrict-car-purchases/



China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday.

With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities.

Four cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, already curb the purchase of vehicles for private use, through lotteries and auctions of a limited number of license plates.

Shi Jianhua, the deputy secretary general of the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, was quoted Thursday as saying that eight more cities are likely to announce similar policies. The eight include the port city Tianjin, near Beijing, the metropolis Chongqing in the southwest and industrial powerhouse Shenzhen, not far from Hong Kong.

Such restrictions might cut vehicle sales by 400,000 units, or 2 percent of total domestic sales, and have a "certain impact" on the country's economic growth, the China Daily newspaper quoted Shi as saying.




[Edited at 2013-07-17 23:26 GMT]


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Smogged out from Beijing Jul 17, 2013

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50150749n

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A segment from today's CBS Evening News Jul 18, 2013

Beijing's heavy pollution concerns parents

Smog can cut off sunlight to Beijing for days. At the International School of Beijing, parents want routine air quality measurements, and the school has built a $5 million dome to enclose a playground and filter the air. Seth Doane reports.


http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50151126n


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空气污染 Jul 18, 2013

Steve,

昨天我看新闻时得知,现在全球每年有 200 万人死于与空气污染有关的疾病!


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Health Hazard Jul 18, 2013

ysun wrote:

Steve,

昨天我看新闻时得知,现在全球每年有 200 万人死于与空气污染有关的疾病!


Oh yes, air pollution is definitely a huge health hazard. Scott Pelley started the segment by stating: a new study by the National Academy of Sciences says that the air pollution in Northern China is so hazardous, it shortens lives by five and a half years on average.


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