Brazilian support for Chinese-funded Amazon railway unshaken

An official has said the Brazilian government supports the idea of a Chinese-funded railway stretching through the Amazon rainforest from Brazil to Peru, despite doubts about whether the project would be worthwhile, Xinhua reports.

The Chinese state-run news agency quotes the official, Jorge Arbache of the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, as saying his government strongly supports the project because it values Brazilian economic relations with China.

“China is our largest trading partner and has become our greatest partner for investments,” Mr Arbache said.

The Chinese authorities presented last year the most recent results of their study of the idea of the railway.

But the financial viability of the railway is in question, and if it were to follow a route different from the one suggested, it might be difficult to build, Xinhua quotes Mr Arbache as saying.