Extend Existing vs. Replace — New towns of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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In 2013, President Xi Jinping announced that the Silk Road would be reborn as the Belt and Road Initiative, the most ambitious infrastructure project the world has ever known — and the most expensive. — Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker

A New Silk Road

Photographs: Davide Monteleone

Link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/08/a-new-silk-road


Lanzhou New Area, photo by Davide Monteleone
Lanzhou New Area was developed as part of China’s “Go West” initiative, an effort to bring some of the prosperity of the country’s eastern seaboard to its more impoverished inland regions.
China hopes that by 2030 Lanzhou New Area will have a million full-time residents and an annual G.D.P. of forty-one billion dollars. But thus far relatively few pioneers have come to the development, and parts of the city still feel like a ghost town.