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Chapter 401

Chapter 401: Land Reclamation?



Translator: _Min_  Editor: Caron_

 

A middle-aged woman in a blue suit stood at the door of the mansion . Her sharp business outfit looked professional . From the label on her briefcase, Jiang Chen could tell she was from Netherland's BMA Construction . They were currently responsible for the infrastructure development and tourist resource development projects on Pannu Island .

The purpose of her trip, Jiang Chen could guess, was to ask for money .

This situation was rather embarrassing . Based on the contract, at the completion of every phase, the tender should be transferred to the construction company . But since Jiang Chen hadn't been in the modern world for a while, the payments couldn't be signed off, hence payment was delayed until now .

When they finally found out Jiang Chen had returned, BMA sent someone out in hopes of resolving the matter of the delayed payment . Since Future Technology was the guarantor, they weren't afraid that Jiang Chen would scam them, but late payments seriously challenged their cash flow .

Jiang Chen didn't make her wait long as he opened the switch to the metal gate and greeted her outside personally .

When she saw Jiang Chen, the lady did a light bow and introduced herself .

"Hello, Mr . Jiang Chen . I'm Hanna Cavillian, manager of BMA's European division . "



"Please come in . " Jiang Chen smiled and welcomed her inside .

Hanna nodded and came inside .

Following Jiang Chen to the mansion's door, she occasionally checked her surroundings . Dense subtropical plants bloomed neatly along the sides of the lawn while wide-leaved trees were like mini huts making the entire mansion resemble a castle guarded by trees .

This was a beautiful mansion, but she felt something was odd .

"What are you looking for?" Jiang Chen smiled .

"Mhmm…" Hanna gave it a thought and suddenly realized the problem . "Why are there no gardeners working at your mansion?"

Due to business reasons, she visited the Middle East multiple times . She saw many similar castles there and all had gardeners who tended to the plants throughout the day . Judging by the well-kept lawn, this place certainly looked like it was well-taken care of, but she didn't see any gardeners here .

Jiang Chen smiled . "Meticulous observation, but my mansion doesn't need gardeners . "

As he said this, he waved his hand towards a bush on the side .



A disc-shaped drone flew out of the bush and hovered beside his hand . From a single glance, the drone itself wasn't a shocking piece of technology, so Jiang Chen didn't bother hiding anything .

But Hanna widened her eyes in disbelief . Words only came out after a long pause as she exclaimed, "Drone gardening? What a stunning piece of technology . Although we have been following the progress in this field, it's the first time I've seen an actual product… Could I ask which company it's from?"

Jiang Chen waved his hand to send the drone back as he joked, "Bill Gates loves to modify his own mansion . Why are you certain a company made this?"

Hanna laughed .

"You are a funny person . "

After inviting her inside the mansion, they sat on the sofa as Ayesha poured a cold beverage for both of them .

In this kind of weather, cold orange juice was the most wonderful refreshment .

Shelving the small talk, Hanna took out some documents from her briefcase and placed them in front of Jiang Chen .

"I am here about the Pannu Island tourism area and basic infrastructure development projects . The projects are 50% completed and are expected to be completed by December of this year . Here are the details of the work . Based on our contract, we have already completed two phases - could your party please process the payment for these two phases?"

Jiang Chen only scanned the document briefly before he said nonchalantly:

"Of course, please give me the documents . "

Hanna nodded and took out two other documents from her briefcase .

The two phases totaled 4 billion USD . After he confirmed that the number wasn't amiss or had an extra zero, Jiang Chen signed the paperwork .

When she saw Jiang Chen's signature, Hanna's anxious heart finally settled down as she felt relieved .

To be honest, she was afraid that Future International would delay payment even further . Although under their agreement they agreed to pay by phase, an auditing process still existed . If the tendering side didn't recognize that they completed the projects or dragged out the auditing phase for some time, that could complicate things . It was a gamble to do business internationally . Hanna prepared over one hundred ways of convincing him to pay before she arrived .

But this scene surprised her as Jiang Chen agreed on the payment without any mishaps as if he didn't just sign over 4 billion USD but merely the cost of a restaurant bill .

Both parties each retained one copy of the paperwork . Hanna put away her copy into the briefcase in front of her, feeling reassured .

"I have to admit: before I came, we thought you were avoiding us because you didn't want to pay . I apologize for our rude assumptions . "

Hanna then stood up and bowed to Jiang Chen .

"No problem . " Jiang Chen laughed it off and made a funny comment, "If someone owed me 4 billion, you bet I would be afraid that he would disappear . "

Perhaps it was the joke that made her laugh or perhaps it was Jiang Chen's broken English, but Hanna chuckled .

"Also, can I ask something?"

Since she successfully secured payment for the company, Hanna's mood was obviously pleasant . "Of course . "

"Does BMA have expertise in building artificial islands?"

A famous quote goes: "God created sea, the Dutch created land . " From the 13th century, this country began its massive journey in land reclamation . Over 20% of the Netherland's land was created artificially by filling in the sea . The hills were all dug out and the entire Fribland province was created through reclamation .

Although Pannu Islands had an expansive sea territory, its land area had always been limited . While it looked like it had a low population density, this was because the total population was twenty thousand . Once immigration policies opened up without affecting tourism resources, Jiang Chen estimated that a maximum of one hundred thousand people could fit in the country . Yet in Hua, any town alone had more than half a million people - one hundred thousand people was clearly not enough .

Jiang Chen always thought that the Netherlands had highly advanced land reclamation technology . Since BMA was a renowned Dutch company, Jiang Chen thought it would be good to ask .


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