China to Help Venezuela Fight COVID-19?

China to Help Venezuela Fight COVID-19?

It comes as no surprise that China would come to the aid of a country in turmoil. In this case, it is under the guise of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Venezuela is only the first stop on the Chinese mission in the area.

The following article from Xinhuanet brings forward the propaganda of China’s mission.

Chinese mission arrives in Venezuela to help fight COVID-19 epidemic
CARACAS, Venezuela – March 30, 2020

A team of Chinese medical and scientific experts arrived in Venezuela on Monday to help fight COVID-19, welcomed by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza and Chinese Ambassador to Venezuela Li Baorong.

Arreaza thanked the Chinese government and people for sending ‘this huge plane full of solidarity,’ after the aircraft landed at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in the city of Maiquetia.

‘The first mission of medical specialists, doctors and scientists from China has arrived here in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Venezuela is its first destination,’ Arreaza said.

‘With the experience that China has been able to gather in recent months, we know that many lives will be saved,’ said the minister, adding that the country now can apply ‘the best strategies’ to contain the pandemic.

China also sent quick test kits to rapidly verify infections, a capability Arreaza called ‘essential’ to limiting the number of infections.

The delegation comprises specialists in ‘infectious diseases, intensive care, laboratory testing and even traditional Chinese medicine, which has had very good results in mild cases of coronavirus,’ said Arreaza.

The head of the Chinese delegation, Huang Mao, thanked the Venezuelan hosts for the welcome, saying that ‘we are going to share our experience and knowledge with all the Venezuelan people.’

Li, the Chinese ambassador, said the mission was sent by the Chinese government ‘with affection and brotherhood’ to show ‘solidarity and support for the Venezuelan government and people in the battle against the coronavirus.’

He noted that ‘when the Chinese people were going through a difficult time in their battle against COVID-19,’ Venezuela ‘provided solidarity and strong support to the government and the people of China. We will always have them in our hearts, we will never forget.’

‘China supports Venezuela with the same great love, the same joint actions and efforts to spur the joint building of a community with a shared future for mankind,’ said the ambassador.

Li said he is confident ‘that the group of experts from China is going to make every effort to fulfill this important mission.’

As of Sunday night, Venezuela reported 129 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and three deaths from the disease.

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-31 12:03:21|Editor: Huaxia

In November 2019 China acknowledged the first case of COVID-19 and became ground zero of the current pandemic engulfing the globe.

That fact has not slowed the Chinese ambition to achieve global domination, and now there eye is on Venzuala, Latin America, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The following charts illustrate the comparison between the Venezuela COVID-19 activity and those of China.

Venezuela – 04-13-2020, 07:20

According to COVID19onl, Venezuela COVID-19 pandemic categories are as following:

VENEZUELA
Confirmed CasesNew CasesDeathsDeaths TodayRecoveredActiveCriticalPer Mil Pop
1890901107067

China – 04-13-2020, 07:20

According to COVID19onl, China COVID-19 pandemic categories are as following:

CHINA
Confirmed CasesNew CasesDeathsDeaths TodayRecoveredActiveCriticalPer Mil Pop
82249893341077738117011657

The data supplied in the above charts show that the Chinese COVID-19 active cases are nearly 17 times higher than those of Venezuela.

With that number of COVID-19 cases, China sent several doctors, nurses, scientists, with the PPE to support them.

Although China touts its humanitarian mission to Venezuela, this may be far from their ambitions.

The article below tells a different agenda to protect Chinas interest.

Spotlight: China-Venezuela cooperation eyes new development projects
Source: Xinhua 2017-02-24 15:46:24 by Victoria Arguello

CARACAS, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — Already robust, development cooperation between China and Venezuela got an additional boost with the recent signing of 22 new agreements to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership.

The South American economy, which is heavily dependent on oil exports, and was devastated by falling crude prices, is getting a helping hand from China to diversify its production base.

One initiative Beijing has pledged to invest in is a government-backed program to strengthen community supply and distribution networks through Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP) and a Great Sovereign Supply Mission (GMAS).

Both strategies emerged from a need to provide average Venezuelans with basic goods that became scarce to find amid a protracted ‘economic war’ between politically conservative business sectors and the socialist government.

But the greater objective is to help Venezuela consolidate its productive sector and exports — by increasing energy and technological innovation, among other things — in a way that also benefits people in China.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Venezuelan Planning Minister Ricardo Menendez described the bilateral relationship as an ‘authentic process of integration’ to build a better future for both countries.

‘Everything is part of a strategic framework between our countries and is related to the 2025 Venezuela-China Plan. We are talking about linking China’s Five Year Plan with the (Venezuelan) National Plan …it is a relationship of profound breadth,’ said Menendez.

Six of the 22 accords are related with boosting energy output, including an agreement to build a refinery in southeast China’s Guangdong Province, called Nanhai, that will specialize in processing some 400,000 barrels of extra-heavy crude extracted from Venezuela by joint venture firms between Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

Another project aims to boost output at joint Sino-Venezuelan firm Sinovensa, located in Venezuela’s oil-rich Orinoco Belt, by 165,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 230,000 bpd.

The Orinoco region joint ventures Petrozumano and Petrourica also plan to raise output.

The results of these agreements are expected to be felt in the first quarter of 2017, though other plans are more medium- to long-term.

Though not part of the recently signed agreements, there is also a project underway to build a deep-sea port in Araya Peninsula, in the eastern Sucre state, along with a network of oil and gas pipelines from the oil belt, to facilitate export.

‘We are breaking with this concept, this idea of Venezuela as a country that lacks investment. That (the port) plus the oil investments speak of the confidence that prevails in our countries, and of how we are going to approach all of the difficulties that may arise, and how we are going to embark on a path towards the future,’ said the official.

In the agricultural sector, China and Venezuela plan to build Latin America’s largest industrial park in Anaco, a town in the eastern state of Anzoategui.

The ambitious project aims to produce traditionally imported inputs, such as seeds, fertilizers and other agrochemicals, but with ‘an environmental perspective,’ said Menendez.

Several China-Venezuela joint ventures are already at a stage where they can expand their production lines and seek out new export markets.

The joint venture between Venezolana de Industrias Tecnologicas (VIT) and China’s multinational IT company the Inspur Group is one of them, as it looks to increase its computer assembly operation for export.

Mobile phone makers Venezolana de Telecomunicaciones (VTELCA) and China’s ZTE Corporation ‘are expanding with another five production lines,’ said Menendez.

In the automotive sector, Venezuela’s Chery-brand carmaker is also poised to roll out more vehicles, not just for a government-backed plan to modernize the country’s fleet of taxis, but also for foreign markets.

Finally, as part of a push to diversify its economy, Venezuela has launched Arco Minero del Orinoco, a large-scale mining project in which Chinese companies will be taking part.

Arco Minero is designed to position the country as a key supplier of gold, diamonds, bauxite, copper, and coltan.

Source: Xinhua   2017-02-24 15:46:24

Again, as China has done in other countries, the pattern of infrastructure projects are already in place.

Among the agreements between the two countries, China will be building an oil refinery in southern China to handle increased imports of heavy crude oil.

To facilitate an increase in oil production, the Chinese have plans to build a deepwater port on the Araya Peninsula. Gas and oil pipelines to the carry product from the oil fields to the port for export.

In addition to serving the export traffic, the deepwater port would also be able to berth and maintain the strategic location for Chinese Naval vessels.

Interestingly, the Venezuela infrastructure is not acknowledged to be part of the Chinese One Belt One Road (OBOR) nor the One Belt Initiative (OBI). However, the projects in Venezuela follow precisely the same course as those countries already part of One Belt initiatives.

To conclude this article, although China has made a humanitarian effort to help Venezuela with the COVID-19, the underlying purpose and result of the effort is more to protect the Chinese investments in Venezuela.

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