China wants to revive Brazil high-speed train project -sources

viernes 12 de agosto de 2016 06:34 GYT

* Project was shelved as Brazil slid into recession

* Original idea was to have rail link ready for Olympics

* Brazil, China leaders expected to discuss project next month

By Alonso Soto and Leonardo Goy

BRASILIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Chinese firms are pushing to revive an $11 billion high-speed-train project to link Brazil's two largest cities, shelved after the South American nation descended into recession and political turmoil, three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

China's ambassador to Brasilia told interim President Michel Temer on Wednesday that Chinese train builders and operators want to participate in Brazil's biggest ever infrastructure project, delayed repeatedly because of doubts about its viability and concession models, the sources said.

Temer was invited to ride the high-speed train connecting Shanghai and Hangzhou next month during a G20 summit when he will discuss the project in bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Brazilian presidential aide said.

"The Chinese are working hard to revive the project," said the aide, who asked for anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly. "Brazil is not convinced yet, but is supportive of the idea."

A spokesman with the Chinese embassy in Brasilia said he did not know the content of the discussions between Temer and ambassador Li Jinzhang. Li did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.   Continuación...