Because of the structure of China’s land ownership and banking system, the risk of losing money is much less than in the West and when the government resells property that lost value the first or second time around, the government banks collect another 30% to 60% down payment and also makes money off the interest of the new loans, and the property still belongs to the government—it is only leased for 70 years with an option to extend the lease.
In America, private property seldom belongs to the government. Even when the government repossesses property for any reason, it is usually sold at auction for very low prices with little to no chance to make up for what was lost.
In China, however, the government recycles the money mostly in a loop while the US government is not part of the loop—except when baling out private sector banks, and the money flows in one direction toward the private sector while adding to the national debt.
In addition, in China, Bloomberg reported in December 2011, that China’s property sector equals about 12 percent of China’s GDP and then Bloomberg goes on to discuss property values in China dropping 10, 25, 40 and even 50 percent or more—something that is still devastating the economy in America.
To learn more about property values dropping in China, I suggest reading More on Property Downturn at Patrick Chovanec’s An American Perspective from China
Chovanec wrote, “The revenue shortfall is making it hard for some cities to pay for basic services like police and hospitals, much less repay the massive amount of debt they borrowed for stimulus projects – which, according to this report from Bloomberg, may be much larger than official statistics suggest.”
However, before I move on with more about the BRICS countries, let’s not forget what caused China to borrow for stimulus projects in the first place—the 2008 global economic crises, which led to about 20 million Chinese losing jobs. Is it possible that the 2008 economic tsunami from New York is finally being felt in China?
Interestingly, Global Issues.org says, “While Europe and the US consider more socialist-like policies, such as some form of nationalization, China seems to be contemplating more capitalist ideas, such as some notion of land reform, to stimulate and develop its internal market…”
Continued on January 15, 2012 in The Economic Health of BRICS – Part 5 or Return to Part 3
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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