Thursday, December 30, 2010
While George W. Bush was busy persuading American lawmakers to support the administration’s $700 billion Wall Street bailout, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela arrived at Beijing for a three-day visit (before going Russia, and heading to Belarus, France, and Portugal) in last fall. In return, the Chinese promised to launch the VENESAT-1 satellite (also known as the Simon Bolivar after the Venezuelan-born South American independence hero) on November 1, 2008, according to BBC News. Since the Russian-U.S. relationship is tense as the result of the Georgia issue, Russia deployed two strategic bombers to Venezuela in early September and dispatched a naval squadron on September 22, 2008 to hold joint maneuvers with Venezuela’s navy. On February 15, 2009, Hugo Chavez won a referendum to eliminate term limits. Will Chavez stay in power for another ten years? Will the “Cuba missile crisis” play out again? Can Obama talk to Chavez very soon?
Labels: Sino-Venezuela Relations
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.