Venezuela in negotiation with China on a five-billion-dollar loan
The president of the Economic and Social Development Bank of Venezuela (Bandes) reports
"We are advancing in the negotiations; we are having another meeting in Caracas in two weeks, which is very likely to reach the goal: signing a new loan. We look forward to boost Chinese financing a bit higher. That is what we are negotiating at this point," Porras told journalists.
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.