Beijing's Bolivarian Venture

China’s growing involvement in Venezuela is a direct threat to U.S. security. Why trouble is brewing in our own backyard.

Issue: Sept-Oct 2006

With the United States preoccupied with the Middle East, another great power of the 21st century is paying close attention to Latin America. China is devoting considerable diplomatic and economic resources to strengthen its strategic energy alliance with Venezuela--a country that at present provides 20 percent of U.S. oil imports. To the apparent ignorance of Washington, a great game, set in this century and continent, is currently underway.

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