China has deployed military fores to Venezuela for humanitarian purposes in order to support the elected government in Caracas and the people of Venezuela.
Chinese military personnel arrived along with the 65 tons of medicine and supplies delivered to Venezuela as a result of a strategic cooperation between the two countries.
While the delivery of aid is one of many expected shipments, according to government officials, the arrival of Chinese military personnel was under-reported in international press.
Tareck El Aissami, who sits as Venezuela’s Minister of Industry, said that “the aggression Venezuela has experienced, including the terrorist acts, the oil blockade and the financial persecution are unprecedented anywhere in the world.
China has responded by engaging in what military experts call a test balloon. This was seen previously in the case of Syria, where China appeared to have leaked their own images and information of direct involvement in Syria, for a period of time before they announced support for the war-torn Arab country.
China is by far Caracas’s biggest creditor; it has loaned the country $65 billion since 2005. Deceased former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez even went so far as to say Mao Zedong and Latin American independence hero Simón Bolivar would have been friends, had they lived in the same epoch.
The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela and the Chinese People’s Republic are long standing allies and strategic partners. Relations between the two countries have significantly increased under former President Hugo Chavez.
Before the year 1999, Sino-Venezuelan trade was estimated at $500 million, while in 2016, trade amounted to $7.42 billion.
The two countries have strong cooperation agreements in the energy and military sectors and President Nicolas Maduro has been seeking help from their eastern partner to develop the countries medical sector, following harsh economic and financial sanctions that prevent the Bolivarian government from importing important medical and surgical supplies.
Sott.net / ABC Flash Point News 2019.