Beijing odd villa to be demolished?

Last week, many Western media reported Beijing’s order to demolish an illegal “rock” villa built on top of a high-rise building.

This event may be anecdotic, but it can also show that municipal authorities are more likely to regulate urbanism and prevent illegal and odd constructions.

These buildings mostly resulted from the fantasy of some millionaires who manage to make authorities close their eyes. But things seem to change in China, and authorities feel more concerned about safety issues and protests from other residents.


Read Beijing’s rock villa story on BBC

Sebastien Goulard

Ph.D. in political science (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in social sciences (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in international relations (IRIS, Paris), B.A. (Hons) in international political studies (ESE - Nottingham Trent University)

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