In 2021, official media CGTN wrote: “1988 marked the beginning of a brand-new chapter in the development of China’s road network.”
The Chinese regime’s mouthpiece added, “After just three decades, the country now has 160,000 kilometers of expressways, which is more than any other nation in the world.”
According to Research on the Development of China’s Logistics, in 2012, China’s expressway mileage reached 96,000 km, surpassing the United States’ 92,000 km.
However, behind China’s highway system, there are many problems that state-run media companies like CGTN cannot mention as they are strictly controlled by the government.
According to Sina, after Xuluo Expressway in Henan was commissioned in 1999, many road sections had quality problems, such as cracks, subsidence, bridge jumping, and potholes. The road resulted seriously damaged.
The Chinese regime’s website reported that on July 15, 2009, the 800-meter off-ramp bridge at the Gangtang Toll Station on the Jinjin Expressway collapsed, and five trucks fell, killing six people and injuring four others.
NTDTV reported that on December 18, 2021, a viaduct in Ezhou, Hubei Province, collapsed, disrupting traffic and killing at least three people. Several large trucks fell and rolled over as the bridge deck collapsed. In addition, the bridge deck hit vehicles traveling on the lower road.
According to Export and Sydney Today, on December 18, 2021, a bridge overturned on the ramp bridge of the Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway, turning to Daguang Expressway in Ezhou City, Hubei Province. Four people died, and eight others were injured.
The poor quality of China’s highway system should not surprise those following the country’s news coverage. This is not only an issue of the road and bridge construction sector but is also common throughout the construction field in China.
Due to their bad quality, they have been named “Tofu-dreg” projects.
The site zhuanlan.zhihu.com has reported a series of cases, throughout the years, in which whole buildings and houses collapsed in many provinces of China, leaving many people seriously injured and casualties, too. This shows that these types of incidents are not isolated cases.
According to NTDTV, a road built for the “poverty eradication” project in Gansu Province has also been accused of being a “Tofu-dreg” project.
This project has suffered from severe corruption. After construction, the initially designed “double-layer steel bar” became a “single-layer steel bar.” Six Gansu provincial officials have been arrested for their involvement in this scandalous road.
3g.163.com reported a Yingbin Road in Changle District, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province. Shortly after it was opened to traffic in 2016, the road was called a “problem road” by local people because of its poor quality, subgrade subsidence, and potholes.
The Fuzhou Municipal People’s Procuratorate issued a notice to prosecute two suspected corrupt officials at the Changle Yingbin Road Construction Headquarters. The local government officially announced that Yingbin Road has serious problems such as illegal bidding and cutting construction materials.
These are just illustrative examples of “Tofu-dreg” construction in China. People and independent news agencies also report many other poor-quality structures built in China.
China has hundreds or even thousands of years old constructions that still exist today. The inferior construction quality of recent decades in the country has prompted people to find out why.
Many reports have shown that the popularity of “Tofu-dreg” in China is the root cause of widespread corruption. At the same time, there is also a severe deterioration of Chinese morality, as some others suggest.
These two reasons are believed to stem from the political system imposed by China’s communist party (CCP).
Referring to the state of the road in Gansu Province, Huang Liangtian, former editor-in-chief of People magazine, said that much corruption in the government is done through outsourcing projects to make money. As a result, the officials make money illegally, as do the contractors.
Bribery is a common practice, too, as reported by Forbes.
Huang said that Chinese officials only need to be accountable to the superior who appointed them; for this reason, they don’t work for the people of the country. They don’t think in the long term, as they need short-term achievements to keep moving forward, so the roads are built quickly but deteriorate quickly too.
Huang’s comments are consistent with allegations that the CCP has a monopoly on leadership in China. There are no honest elections in the country. So, the Chinese officials, led by the CCP, are not afraid of the people.
Book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party explains that since the CCP took control of China in 1949, it has become a force that has destroyed traditional culture, imposed atheism, and propagated a struggle doctrine.
The CCP has replaced the virtues and moral values of honesty, kindness, and tolerance of China’s 5,000-year-old traditional culture with lies, violence, and struggle.
So it’s not difficult to understand why construction has such an inferior quality or degrades so rapidly when the building materials are counterfeit, and the whole manufacturing process is corrupt.