Venezuela Signs Arms Deal with China

China certainly is making the rounds lately! From Zimbabwe, to Burma (Myanmar), to Uzbekistan and today to Hugo’s Venezuela, for another signed deal, but this one is an arms deal!

Venezuela’s defence minister has signed a deal to buy Chinese radar systems, the latest in a series of military purchases by the government of President Hugo Chavez.

The Chinese-made long range surveillance radars will be used by Venezuela’s air force, defence officials said yesterday.

Defence Minister Adm. Ramon Orlando Maniglia and Qu Huimin, the vice president of China’s Electronics Import and Export, signed the accord on Thursday, the state-run Bolivarian News Agency reported.

The deal also includes the purchase of “other air security equipment” such as radios, and the possibility of renting a satellite communications system, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The cost of the deal was not disclosed.

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