China's Amazon Railway Plan Advances Despite Indigenous People Concerns

A Chinese scheme to build an east-west railway across South America, cutting across parts of the Amazon rain forest, has moved a step closer after Peru agreed to study the proposal.
The scheme would link Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic shores.
The decision came after talks between the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
If completed, the railway would stretch 5,300km or 3,300 miles but campaigners fear the impact on indigenous people.
Since Mr Li secured Brazil's consent earlier this week as part of his tour of Latin America, Brazil China and Peru have started reviewing the proposal.
President Humala championed the railway as strengthening Peru's claim as the gateway of South America.



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