According to an article published in Chinese media, “The Paper” on Feb. 10, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Guangdong will jointly build a “Great Canal of the Century” from Hangzhou to Guangzhou, with a total investment of about $50 billion. This Grand Canal will connect the Yangtze River and the Pearl River through the Jiangxi water system, opening up China’s two most developed economic circles. However, scholars consider this to be an empty idea.
Current affairs commentator Bi Xin gave an example in an interview, “The canal of the century, the hundred-year construction, and the millennium project are fake, costing $50 billion. They don’t solve the problems of people’s livelihoods, waste money on unnecessary infrastructure, and destroy the environment. In the end, it will not succeed.”
Bixin says that China’s infrastructure is shallow due to corruption.
“The Zhengzhou flood just a few months ago found out that even the bridge drainage system is not well built, let alone the Century Canal. Even if they built it, it would cause more disasters. With heavy rainfall in the south every year, drainage is a problem, and damage from flooding can be incalculable.”
This Grand Canal, which will connect to the Yangtze and Pearl Rivers through the Jiangxi aqueduct, combines China’s most developed economic rings, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River. Some media called it the “Hangzhou Grand Canal.”
At the end of 2021, officials released a comprehensive transportation system development plan in Jiangxi province. However, many scholars are not optimistic about this plan, saying that the Jiangxi government is daydreaming.