Those Chávez’s allies
After Russian planes left ahead of schedule, we have now a confirmation that both Venezuela and Russia will be staging navy drills.
Russia will conduct joint naval drills with the Venezuelan navy in the Caribbean Sea, military officials said Monday.
A Russian naval task force, including the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy and the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Chabanenko, has departed from Severomorsk, Russia, and will conduct exercises with Venezuelan forces in November, RIA Novosti reported.
“During the exercise, ships and naval aircraft will practice coordinated maneuvering, search-and-rescue and communications,” said Capt. Igor Dygalo.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had confirmed that his country would join the naval exercises with Russian warships in the Caribbean, saying the Russian navy would receive a warm welcome in the Latin American country, the news agency said.
“China is showing the world that it isn’t necessary to harm anyone to be a great power. They are soldiers of peace,” he said, according to a Venezuelan government statement. Asked about his absence from talks this week on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York, Mr. Chavez said: “It’s much more important to be in Beijing than in New York.”
Precisely, regarding Sino-Venezuelan relations, Financial Times writes:
Describing himself as a “Maoist” and predicting the “collapse of global capitalism”, President Hugo Chávez announced on Wednesday that Venezuela and China would expand their energy ties by building an oil refinery in the Latin American country.
On his fifth visit to China, aimed at deepening co-operation between the two countries, Mr Chávez also announced that a joint investment fund would be doubled in size to $12bn (€8.2bn, £6.5bn).
Mr Chávez, whose anti-US rhetoric has sharpened recently, has long hoped that fast-growing China could become an important alternative market for Venezuelan crude and allow him to divert supplies from the US, which has caused unease in Washington. The Venezuelan leader said exports to China would more than treble to 1m barrels per day by 2012.
Although there remains considerable scepticism within the oil industry about the likelihood of Venezuela selling large volumes of oil to China because of distance and technical obstacles, the visit underlines the two governments’ strengthening relationship.
- The cold war comes to the Caribbean. “Russia wants to annoy the US by being active in America’s backyard,” said Nick Day, the chief executive of Diligence, a business intelligence firm that deals in Russia.
- Chávez hails oil cooperation with China, blasts US. Venezuela’s Presidential Office also issued a statement in praise of the upcoming launch from China of the VENESAT-1 satellite, which will transmit telephone, Internet, video conferencing and other signals throughout the region from the Caribbean to Paraguay. Expanding the Bolivarian Revolution through marketing means.
- Chávez to purchase Military Combat Planes from China: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed in a televised broadcast on Sunday that he plans to purchase 24 K-8 combat and training aircrafts from China ”to train fighter pilots,” the Agence France-Presse reported. The planes could be part of Venezuelas air force by next year. Chavez plans to make the purchases when he visits Beijing this week, as part of a six-country tour which also includes a stop in Moscow. via VHeadline Venezuela News.
- Rights group slams Venezuela’s Chávez: well, this is actually the report that caused HRW’s Director in Venezuela, Vivanco, to be banished and expelled. With regards to the way he was expelled from Venezuela, Vivanco maintained that the video shown of the incident was edited and did not display the parts where officials broke his cell phone and forced him into custody. Additionally, Vivanco assured that the excuse used, indicating that he did not have a visa, was false since Chileans are not required to have a Visa in order to enter Venezuela.