Colombia and China Negotiate Dry Canal Construction

The countries are negotiating construction of a dry canal in Colombia, an alternative to the Panama Canal.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, in statements given to the British press, said negotiations are in advanced stages.

"The new 'dry canal', 220 kilometers long, would run from the Pacific to a newly built city near Cartagena, where imported products from China would be assembled for subsequent export to other countries in the Americas," reports´s article.

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