The Long View on Oil-to-China

Over on Global Barrel, Tom O’Donnell makes the case that the Venezuela-China oil relationship has now reached a kind of critical mass that will keep it going far into the future, regardless of the politics on either side of the Pacific. Soon, Venezuelan oil will not be shipped to China simply to fulfill financial-and-contractual obligations, but…

Global Barrel of Laughs

If you don’t already check Setty’s blog compulsively, here’s another reason to. Setty’s especially good at ferreting out online material that ought to be getting much more exposure than it does, and this one’s a real find: a three part series by gringo academic Tom O’Donnell (part 2 here, part 3 here) on the Venezuela-China oil relationship that’s…

Good news for once

It’s Holy Week, so in the spirit of reaching out, and finding common ground, a positive story for once: Chinese officials are touring Venezuela’s ports ahead of a major new South-South cooperation drive to facilitate trade. One of the major obstacles any non-Chávez government will face is Venezuela’s rickety infrastructure. There is simply no way we will…