Oil represents more than 60% of Venezuela's exports to China
Venezuela and Ecuador are the two countries receiving the largest funding from China
By the end of 2011, oil accounted for 62.2% of Venezuela's exports to China, with oil byproducts at 28.5%, iron (8.1%), ferroalloys (1.6%), and common metal scraps (0.4%), according to a report compiled by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), called The People's Republic of China and Latin America and the Caribbean: Dialogue and cooperation vis-a-vis the new challenges of the global economy.
In 2011, Venezuela-China trade stood at USD 18 billion, 24 times higher than in 2003 (USD 742 million).
Venezuelan Ambassador to Singapore Alfredo Toro Hardy estimated trade at USD 23 billion in 2012, 31 times the figure recorded nine years ago.
Similarly to Venezuela, Ecuador's oil exports account for 63.6% of total exports. After Colombia, the two countries are China's main oil suppliers in the region.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.