The government of Panama awarded Tuesday a Chinese consortium a $1.4 billion contract to build a bridge over the Panama Canal, a day after a visit by President Xi Jinping.
That tour was part of China’s efforts to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.
“Panama is moving ahead in its relations with China and without a doubt this project that begins its construction today is part of that message and trust between the two countries,” Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said.
The order will allow a consortium called Panama Cuarto Puente, composed of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and its unit China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to design and build a bridge over the Panama Canal.
It will be one of the largest construction projects in Panamanian history.