Hangzhou is hosting the G20 Summit of the world’s 20 largest economies which got over this evening. It is the Capital city of Zhejiang province in Eastern China and should strike our curious nerves with the fact that it is home to Alibaba, the global ecommerce giant from China, the company that floated the biggest ever IPO globally and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the Chinese company that took over the Swedish carmaker Volvo.
But that is for curious folks who would bother to know about some major cities in China beyond Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Macau and Hong Kong. Otherwise, the larger world, in general doesn’t know and will not bother to know where Hangzhou is and why it is famous for.
But China has a habit to overdo everything – fuelled by its autocratic dogma – that the newfound Chinese might and opulence have to have telling signs in every bit of land that works as an interface to global exposure – even if it is at the cost of common Chinese, the millions who form its middle and lower middle classes. Violating their lives has become a principled debauchery of Chinese power elite.
So when a big event of the scale of Olympics (as during the Beijing Olympics 2008) is organized, millions are swept out of Beijing and nearby areas lest they backbite on China’s economic marvel. Suppressing data and people that may show China in negative light is a favourite tool regularly employed the Chinese power corridors. So much so that even if it is a smaller event like this G20 Summit in Hangzhou. To sanitize Hangzhou on every count, including security and vanity, Chinese authorities have temporarily displaced around a quarter of the city’s population – so that the visiting delegates of the world’s most powerful countries and large markets cannot see through the patches that may otherwise tell some otherwise side stories on the China story that has made it the second largest economy of the world.
Something that never happens in India, the world’s third largest economy now.