China's eco-cities, or "Ghost Cities," are allegedly part of the sustainable development plans outlined in the United Nations' Agenda 21 initiative. The eco-cities may boast energy conscious buildings, shops, and apartments, but they are primarily empty. Some shops were at least temporarily occupied, but hospitals have largely not been so lucky.
The United Nations' Agenda 21 program is a voluntary, non-binding action plan which is allegedly focused solely on sustainable development. Adopted by 178 countries in 1992, the plan is based upon a program to abolish poverty and protect "fragile environments" by "properly" managing cities. America is a "signatory" country to Agenda 21. Since the plan is a non-binding statement and not a treaty, a vote on the initiative was not necessary. In the United States, more than 500 large and moderate-sized cities are members of an international sustainability organization that reportedly supports the implementation of Agenda 21.
The Agenda 21 China plan reportedly included measures to move "tens of millions" of citizens away from rural areas and into brand spanking new cities designed in a sustainable manner. Although the eco-city in Tianjin has some small level of success, many of the "green" structures in the Agenda 21 compliant cities are still vacant, according to a report in The Guardian.
In March, China unveiled its new "urbanization plan" that included sections pertaining to both technical and social engineering. The China Agenda 21 plan reportedly indicate that more than 100 million rural residents will "be moved" into the eco-cities over the course of the next six years.
China appears to be progressing its Agenda 21 measures with great speed. The Chinese government is in the midst of relocating 250,000 citizens from rural farm areas into the still in development eco-cities, The Common Sense Show reports. The new urban, environmentally-friendly cities can house more than one million people with over 65 million "micro-apartments" being constructed within the ghost cities. Many of the tiny apartments remain unoccupied in the eco-cities, but will likely be filled as the rural relocation continues.
Excerpt from The Common Sense Show report on the Chinese Agenda 21 movement:
"Chinese political refugee and Princeton University professor, Cheng Xiaonong, stated that in lots of places in China, farmers are being forcibly relocated at gun point and forced to relocate to urban areas. Cheng said, '[Party chief] Bo Xilai has been promoting a policy of moving farmers into towns, building apartments and moving forcibly relocated farmers into these stack and pack apartments and treating this as urbanization.' Cheng said urbanization isn't about calculating how many farmers are relocated into cities, but about farmers being able to move into the city and gaining some measure of sustainable employment and adequate living conditions. These relocated farmers, without the prospect of jobs, is a recipe for economic and social disaster. Soon, there will be tens of millions of Chinese totally dependent on government handouts to survive. This is the power that governments strive to obtain because it gives them total control. This Chinese scene is reminiscent of the Agenda 21 inspired movie, Hunger Games."Former Secretary of the US Treasury and former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Hank Paulson appears to be championing the Agenda 21 relocation going on in China, according to The Common Sense Show report. "The country's economy is heading in the right direction. This is more important than achieving short-term growth," Paulson said of the eco-cities and urban growth in China. KcKinsey and Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton also heralded the changes going on in China. "The good news is that there is an underlying force of growth and that's urbanization. What we're basically seeing is more than 250,000 people moving from rural areas to cities every week," Barton said.
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