Working as a correspondent in Peru I closely followed the development of China’s plans to build a new railway line across the width of South America. In this report for From Our Own Correspondent I spoke to people in the capital, Lima, before then venturing into the high Andes Mountains.
Every expatriate living here can recite tales of Christmas cards or mouldy mince pies arriving well after Easter. Peru’s import and export system is less streamlined than, lethargic, let’s say – and ports and post offices are infamously chaotic.
So imagine my incredulity, and that of many other people living in this South American nation, at the news of a proposed trans-continental railway that will export Brazilian goods from the border in the east, through Peru, to the west coast – before being whisked off across the Pacific to China.
You can listen to the full report here.
June 18, 2015