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Old 24th Jan 2020, 19:54
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Ancient Mariner
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
The big advantage they have is they do not have tree huggers. Should your house be in the way then they give you a new apartment nearby and demolish your old place. They can do this because there is no freehold, all land belongs to the State.

The HS2 railway project would be finished and old hat by now.
Got a contract for a water treatment plant in the Guangzhou province in '91. Usual stuff after signing, all the high ranking officials and us, plus a TV crew out in a field, maps upside down and very thoughtful expressions on every face. Behind us, a group av farmers harvesting crops, blissfully unaware of the fact that in two days bulldozers would take care of the left overs. Still have the video, much laughing every time us old China hands meet up for a drink, or several. Happy times.
Efficient? Yes! Humane? Not so much.
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