[Marxism] "Visible Hand" (Wall Street Journal on Venezuela)
Carlos A. Rivera
cerejota at optonline.net
Mon Dec 27 02:49:17 MST 2004
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From: "Walter Lippmann" <walterlx at earthlink.net>
> It's no surprise that Washington is
>going ballistic against the growing ties between Venezuela and
>Cuba, a few of which are detailed in this report.
I'll think cuba is the least of worries. Not to take away from the
compañer at s, but China is tad more worrisome than Cuba to US imperialism, I
(various related news stories, AP, Reuters, Xinhua and Prensa Latina)
Venezuela to give China greater oil access
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING -- President Hugo Chavez, seeking to reduce Venezuela's dependence
on selling oil to the United States, said Friday his country will give China
greater access to its oil and natural gas resources.
Chavez, on a five-day visit to China, signed new agreements with Beijing
allowing Chinese companies to explore for oil, set up refineries and produce
natural gas in the South American country.
Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest petroleum exporter and a main supplier
of the United States, is also offering to supply China with 120,000 barrels
of fuel oil a month, Chavez told Venezuelan state-run radio.
China is eager to secure new sources of energy for its booming economy,
which is struggling with power shortages. Venezuela wants to find new
customers to reduce reliance on the United States, its No. 1 market but also
a critic of Chavez's six-year-old government.
"We have been producing and exporting oil for more than 100 years but they
have been years of dependence on the United States," Chavez said at a
meeting of Venezuelan and Chinese entrepreneurs. "Now we are free and we
make our resources available to the great country of China."
Venezuela sells 60 percent of its crude oil exports to the United States.
The deals with China will not mean any reductions of those exports in the
Venezuela and China agreed to jointly develop Venezuelan oil fields, with
Chinese companies invited to explore for oil off Venezuela's northern coast
and set up oil refineries along its Orinoco River.
Chinese firm, which have been operating in Venezuela for several years, will
also be authorized to explore for crude in fifteen oil fields and produce
"Venezuela is bringing China a great energy offer because China has become
the second largest importer of energy on the planet," Chavez said at a news
conference in Beijing after meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Chavez said fuel exported to China would be used "to generate more
electricity because we understand that some areas of China are short of
Chavez's visit to Beijing is part of a campaign to build up trade and
political ties with new diplomatic partners that has taken him to Russia,
Africa and the Middle East.
On Friday, Chavez met with Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Zeng
Qinghong. Details weren't immediately released.
In return for access to oil, China is promising Venezuela technical and
economic aid to boost agricultural output and to start a state-run
Chavez ponders Mao and Bolivar friendship
Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:33 AM ET
BEIJING (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has blasted U.S.
imperialism, called capitalism the road to hell and said Mao Zedong and
Venezuela's 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar would have been
mates had they met.
Addressing students and teachers at Peking University, one of China's top
schools, the charismatic Chavez won warm applause and chuckles on Friday
when he declared himself to have been a Maoist from the time he was a child.
"I think if Mao Zedong and Bolivar had known each other they would have been
good friends because their thinking was similar," said Chavez, who quoted
the late Chairman Mao several times.
"Their inspiration came from the same place. It came from
humanitarianism...I think if Bolivar had come to China he would have become
a socialist," Chavez said speaking in Spanish through a Chinese translator.
Chavez is visiting China hoping to boost China's investment in his country's
oil and gas sector. Venezuela, an OPEC member, is the world's fifth-largest
Chavez is known to lambaste his critics in long, rambling speeches that mix
government business with personal anecdotes, songs and poems.
The U.S. government is a favourite target and in Beijing he blamed his
troubles in 2002-2003 on the United States.
"The thunder and lightening was created by Washington, this I must say," he
said to cheers from a group of student supporters in the audience from Latin
"This is U.S. imperialism. It wants to become the master of the American
continent, but Venezuela's people are the real masters of Venezuela."
Leftist Chavez survived a coup in 2002 and a gruelling oil industry strike a
year later. He easily won a referendum on his rule this August.
Chavez on Friday pledged to deepen his self-styled "Bolivarian Revolution"
and continue to build a socialist society in Venezuela.
"Capitalists believe in an unequal society. Capitalism is the champion of
inequality," he said.
"Capitalism is the road that leads to hell."
But he won his most ringing applause when he re-affirmed Venezuela's support
for a "one China" policy and opposition to Taiwan independence.
Beijing maintains that Taiwan is a part of China's territory and has vowed
to reunite the self-governed island with the motherland, by force if
© Copyright Reuters 2004.
Energy cooperation between Venezuela and China promising: Chavez
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-24 20:48:38
BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo
Rafael Chavez Frias said here Friday that Venezuela and China willhave a
bright future for their energy cooperation as the two countries enjoy sound
political relations and China's economy is developing rapidly.
The two countries have made significant progress in energy
cooperation since the two nations vowed to establish a bilateral strategic
partnership of common development in 2001, Chavez told an audience of nearly
50 businessmen attending a China-Venezuela business talk.
"The progress is the result of Chinese and Venezuelan leaders'
strong commitment and businessmen's vigorous push," he said.
According to Chavez, his visit witnessed the signing of a package
of energy cooperation agreements between Venezuela and China.
The Venezuelan government will grant Chinese companies production
permits to explore oil in Venezuela's oil-bearing blocks.
Chavez also pledged to support Chinese companies' involvement in
the exploration of the off-shore natural gas fields in Venezuela.
Noting Venezuela is planning to form a state-owned petrochemical
corporation, Chavez said, "We welcome China to help build this plant."
Moreover, Venezuela welcomed China to join hands for the
construction of an oil pipeline reaching ports along the Pacific, he said.
Venezuela also boasts numerous business opportunities in
agriculture, railway mining, housing, tourism and telecom, Chavez said.
"Chinese companies are encouraged to invest in these areas."
Chavez arrived here Thursday morning for a five-day state
visit.This is his third state visit to China. Enditem
Venezuelan president visits east China province
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-25 23:28:49
JINAN, Dec. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael
Chavez Frias arrived here Saturday on a visit to east China's Shandong
Zhang Gaoli, chairman of the Standing Committee of the provincial
People's Congress, and Provincial Governor Han Yuqun met Chavez after his
Zhang said Shandong is an important province of China, and
Shandong's Yankuang Group and Gold Group have several cooperative projects
in Venezuela. Chavez's visit is expected to promote cooperation in relevant
Zhang also extended Christmas greetings to Chavez and his
Chavez said Shandong plays an important role in Venezuela-China
relations. The railway project implemented by Yankuang Groupin Venezuela
will boost the economy in the areas along the line. He hoped both sides
further cooperate in the sectors of energy, agriculture and small and
This is the second leg of Chavez's visit to China. He arrived in
Beijing on Thursday for his third visit to China.
During his stay in Beijing, Chavez held talks or met with Chinese
President Hu Jintao, Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress, Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Zeng
He also attended the China-Venezuelan business talk, a statue
erection ceremony and delivered a speech at Beijing University. Enditem
Venezuelan President Unveils Bust of Simon Bolivar in Beijing
Beijing, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unveiled a
bust of his country´s National Hero Simon Bolivar on Friday in Beijing, in
one of the most busy parks here.
The bronze work, by Chinese painter and sculptor Yaun Xikun, was placed a
few meters from a bust of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti in the gardens of
the Jintai museum, in the metropolitan Chaoyang Park. The two works are
considered symbols of Latin American unity, which both heroes advocated with
After unveiling the bust, Chavez laid a Venezuelan flag made of flowers in
front of it and shortly after, paid tribute to Jose Marti, by placing a
wreath in front of the bust of the Cuban hero. Chinese authorities,
ambassadors, and Latin American representatives, among other guests,
attended the ceremony.
As part of the today´s agenda, Chavez also met with business people, visited
the University of Beijing, where he talked with Chinese students, and plans
to meet with Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong, and Prime Minister Wen
Meantime, the Venezuelan press today headlined the agreements both countries
signed Thursday in important fields such as energy, agriculture, mining,
railroad, economy, and technology. Several press stories rated them as a
major step boosting bilateral economic and commercial cooperation.
On Saturday, the Venezuelan leader plans to meet with his Chinese
counterpart to then travel to the eastern province of Shandong, from where
he will fly back to his country on Sunday.
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