China sends hospital ship to deal with Venezuelan crisis

Venezuelan dancers greet Chinese hospital ship

The good news: Some Venezuelans will be able to receive the medical care they desperately need.

The bad news: China is increasing its presence in the Caribbean region.

The bottom line: The Castro colony of Venenozuela has become a hellhole, thanks to Bolivarian 21st century socialism.

Venezuelan hospital

From CBC News

A Chinese navy hospital ship docked near Venezuela’s capital on Saturday as the OPEC nation’s deepening economic crisis garners the attention of the U.S. and other world powers.

Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino was on hand to greet the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s ship, the Peace Ark, on its latest stop as part of the 11-nation “Mission Harmony” tour announced in June.

“This is how you undertake diplomacy in the world,” Padrino said, “with concrete actions of co-operation and not stoking the false voices of those who beat the drum of war.”

Vladimir Padrino greets Chinese captain of hospital ship

Interest in the goodwill visit has been building since the Pentagon announced in August it was sending its own hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, to neighbouring Colombia to provide free medical treatment for thousands of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their homes amid widespread food and medicine shortages.

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, in a visit to Colombia last month, called the ship’s deployment a humanitarian mission to deal with the fallout of President Nicolas Maduro’s mismanagement of the economy. The United Nations estimates that 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country in recent years, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.

But top officials in Venezuela’s socialist government saw the Comfort’s deployment as a threat, part of an effort by the U.S. to pave the way for a military intervention on humanitarian grounds.

Padrino on Saturday said the Chinese boat’s visit was part of the government’s “strategic defence operation.”

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