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China wants the Silk Road to extend to South America


China thinks big when it comes to secure its food and energy future. Across the Pacific, a continent is rich in those resources, but to get to the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen, commodities must first travel through South America and reach the Panama Canal. Chinese manufactured goods must travel the same reverse path to reach the more developed an populated Atlantic coast, where consumers live in the big Brazilian and Argentinian cities. In the last decade, the Asian powerhouse has been building thousands of kilometers of top-of-the-range railways, and it has the financial resources Latin America is badly in need of.

China thinks big when it comes to secure its food and energy future. Across the Pacific, a continent is rich in those resources, but to get to the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen, commodities must first travel through South America and reach the Panama Canal. Chinese manufactured goods must travel the same reverse path to reach the more developed an populated Atlantic coast, where consumers live in the big Brazilian and Argentinian cities. In the last decade, the Asian powerhouse has been building thousands of kilometers of top-of-the-range railways, and it has the financial resources Latin America is badly in need of.

This perfect alignment of economic and geopolitical factors now brought about one of the most ambitious railway projects ever planned: 5300 km of railroad tracks connecting the Brazilian to the  Peruvian coast through the Amazon rain forest and the Andes ridge. It will extend over about 2000 kilometers through virgin forest and a mountain gallery at 2500 m over sea level.

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