Ambitious plans to build a canal across Nicaragua have triggered controversy due to their potential environmental impact, as well as the circumstances surrounding the conferral of the winning bid.

The construction of a canal across Nicaragua has been the lofty ambition of eminent statesmen and empire-building tycoons since the colonial era, yet only now in the early 21st century is it set to become a reality. The Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group (HKND) has managed to cinch the exclusive…