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  • More buildings are collapsing.

  • Dangerous construction is everywhere in China.

  • Welcome to China Uncensored. I'm Chris Chappell.

  • This episode is sponsored by  Surfshark. You should be using  

  • a VPN like Surfshark to protect  yourself whenever you go online.

  • Nothing exemplifies the Chinese  dream like owning a home.

  • And nothing exemplifies the Chinese reality  like having that home collapse on you.

  • A week ago, a seven-story apartment building  collapsed here in China's Hunan province

  • Videos of the rubble have been circulating online.

  • The collapse wasn't caused by an earthquakeIt was the result of poor construction.

  • In China, buildings are  built fast, but not to last.

  • It's what's calledTofu Dreg  Construction”—basically, when  

  • so many corners are cut during the construction  process that buildings are unstable and unsafe.

  • I talked about Tofu Dreg Construction  in an episode a few months ago  

  • about exploding manhole covers...

  • and again in a recent episode  about giant sinkholes.

  • I keep bringing it up because problems caused by  poor construction happen all the time in China.

  • And while it's funny when you see  a KFC awning fall to the ground,

  • the truth is, it actually puts  a lot of Chinese people at risk

  • Poor construction in China isbyproduct of widespread corruption.

  • We've seen this for a long time.

  • In 2016, this building suddenly  fell over in Guangxi province.

  • But now, the Chinese Communist Party tells  people it's cracking down on corruption.  

  • They say Tofu Dreg Construction  is a thing of the past.  

  • But like many things the Communist  Party says, that's a lie.

  • The one that collapsed last  week was built only two  

  • or three years ago. There were  ten families living there.

  • Local Chinese news outlets seem to have quickly  deflected responsibility from authorities.  

  • They didn't disclose much information about the  building aside from calling it 'self-built'. 

  • It's like the Communist Party's motto: If you  want something done wrong, do it yourself.

  • I'm not actually sure what it means forseven-story apartment building to beself-built.”  

  • But regardless, the collapse was a tragedy.  

  • Chinese state-run CGTN says  five people were killed...

  • ...but with a propaganda emphasis on the  rescue: “Twelve people were trappedseven  

  • of which were pulled from the rubble and  are being treated at local hospitals.”

  • The same week, another building  collapsedthis one in Jilin Province

  • One person was reported to be trapped  in the rubble of an auto repair house  

  • that suddenly collapsed during rainfall.

  • And also in the same week, another  tragedy in Fujian province.

  • Nine people were killed and  seven others injured at a banquet  

  • after a brick wall fell from the  roof of a residential building.

  • On June 21 in Chongqing , 5 people were injured  in an elevator explosion. Videos were shared of  

  • people trembling as they walked with their clothes  completely burnt and torn off of their bodies.  

  • Is that security officer just  gonna stand there and watch?

  • Problems like these are not only  caused by Tofu Dreg Construction.  

  • Another factor is poor maintenanceInspectors can be bribed to  

  • look the other way. A lot of Chinese citizens  don't trust official safety certifications.

  • In Wuhan last month, flammable  gasses underground caused this.

  • And not too long after that, a  natural gas pipe exploded in Wuhan.  

  • It injured more than 130 peopleand killed an estimated 25.

  • That explosion was too large of an incident  to be ignored by the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • So they started rolling out punishments  for anyone who could be deemed responsible.

  • An initial investigation found the  company affiliated with China Gas,  

  • a gas operator that provides natural gas  and liquefied petroleum gas to residents  

  • and businesses, did not strictly perform  gas pipeline patrols and checks as required  

  • and there were serious flaws in the  operation of related facilities.”

  • And so Chinese leader Xi  Jinping got directly involved  

  • to stop this kind of thing from happening.

  • Xi Jinping instructed all localities  to investigate potential safety hazards,  

  • maintain the overall stability of their society,  

  • and 'create a good atmosphere' for the 100-year  anniversary of the Communist Party of China.”

  • In other words, local officials should  focus on making things look good,  

  • and covering up any incidents.

  • The Chinese Communist Party  has been hyping themselves  

  • up for their big anniversary on July 1st.

  • As my favorite Chinese state-run media  The Global Times writes in English:  

  • “A wide range of works including films, television  dramas, operas, documentaries and animated works  

  • will be produced to celebrate mark  this important occasion time.”

  • You know, if they want to make their anniversary  look good, they should hire a proofreader.

  • But I hope everyone in China enjoys the pageantry.  

  • They can even watch the fireworks from  the streetbecause their home collapsed.

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  • Everything you do online is being tracked  and loggedby the websites you visit  

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Chinese Apartment Building COLLAPSES On Its Own!

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    zijun su に公開 2021 年 06 月 29 日
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