South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu May 21, 2015 11:11 AM CDT

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang rolled into Brasilia this week announcing grand plans for investment and financing.

Among the 35 deals and Chinese pledges, of varying solidity, for tens of billions of dollars in funding was the revival of the contentious project to build a railway linking Brazil to the Pacific coast.

The plan caught the attention of the agricultural world as Brazil is a large and growing exporter of farm goods and China is a voracious and growing consumer. But farm leaders are skeptical that the railroad will ever be built or ever carry soybeans, which are the main farm ...

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