Lots of bridges have been built in the western or poorer provinces such as Yunnan and Guizhou in recent years. It is part of the drive to improve the country-side infrastructure in the poorly developed regions. But such developments go unreported in the Western mass media, as if only the ‘ghost cities’ are all that matters to describe the current situation in China.
Last week I had a discussion with someone, who talked about China ghost cities after watching an Australia TV Four Corners documentary on China. He believed that China will collapse under heavy burden of bad debt. I pointed that things are not as simply as being made in Western media, for China is really huge , and the narratives in such documentaries that provide selective examples are far from being accurate. One need to understand the context and the fact that the money are sourced internally from Chinese savings, and overwhelmingly used to built road, bridges, tunnels, dams, power stations, buildings and factories. These are investments that will provide both tangible and intangible returns , unlike the consumptions (particularly on subsidies, welfares and health ) and speculative financial investments found in many countries. Somehow he remained unconvinced, for he had already made up his mind after watching the documentary.
The following are a few notable river bridges that have built in recent years or under construction:
Balinghe , Guizhou
Longqiao, Hubei (under construction)
Zhungeer Yellow river bridge
Azhihe , Guizhou
Zhongjian, Hubei (under construction)