A hundred years ago the United States finished digging the Panama Canal and declared it open for business.
France had begun the project, but failed. President Theodore Roosevelt jumped at the chance of taking over, and in order to do so he bashed a few heads with his “Big Stick,” wrenched the isthmus from Colombia, established the independent nation of Panama, and kept the Canal Zone under American control.
This so-called “eighth wonder of the world” did more than connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It showed the world that the United States was now a major player and a power to be reckoned with. Three years later, when the U.S. entered the Great War and put an end to it, its status as a super power was confirmed.
So what is happening today, a hundred years later? Who is wielding the biggest “Big Stick” in Latin America? Who has assumed the role previously played by Theodore Roosevelt ? And who is eagerly cooperating with this new giant?
Take a look below…. that new giant has plans to build TWO alternatives to the Panama Canal.
From China Times (Taiwan):
China joins plans to build alternative ‘Panama Canal on land’
China has recently agreed to join in the construction of a railway linking the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, running through the world’s most important shipping routes, including Pakistan, Myanmar, the Silk Road economic belt and Greece’s Piraeus Port, the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekend reports.
On July 23, China’s president, Xi Jinping, ended his 10-day visit to Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba. During the visits, China, Brazil and Peru jointly announced that the three nations will launch a railway project linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This is the largest railway project launched by Chinese leaders during their overseas trips.
The rail would begin from the coastal cities of Peru and end on Brazil’s coast, extending more than 3,000 kilometers.
It is not the first time such a railway project has been mentioned. Back to 2011, Columbia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said in an interview with the Financial Times that Columbia planned to cooperate with China in jointly building a railway linking the two oceans, but the news stopped there.
The July announcement didn’t give details for the railway project, but what can be certain is that the project aims to break the monopolistic position of the Panama Canal controlled by the United States, making the railway the “Panama Canal on land” to help China take a more active position in linking with Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Ocean.
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And.. from Star.com The World Daily Blog
Nicaragua-Chinese partnership announces planned route for proposed inter-oceanic canalCentral America already has a canal – the famed Panama Canal – but Chinese businessman Wang Jing says he is going to build another. If it goes ahead, it will be a massive project with both supporters and opponents.It is difficult to believe – but apparently true – that the Central American republic of Nicaragua remains committed to its plan to construct a waterway between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to rival Panama’s storied canal.
Not only that, but Nicaraguan authorities and their Chinese partners have now selected the route of the proposed canal – this according to a report posted July 14 on the indispensable website dredging.com, which bills itself as “the industry’s ground-breaking news provider.”
Oddly, the dredging.com report contained no actual information about the proposed route.
Fortunately, an AFP account from Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, does.
Estimated at 278 km. in length, the waterway is to traverse Nicaragua from west to east, beginning at the mouth of the Brito River on the Pacific coast not far from the border with Costa Rica and then continuing across Lake Nicaragua (105 km. wide), before tracing a series of the large lake’s tributaries and eventually reaching the Caribbean.
Continue reading HERE.