Hugo Chavez never missed an opportunity to attack the United States because for some reason he believes a weak America somehow results in greater power for himself in Latin America. On his visit to Beijing, the Venezuelan president praised China and informed its leaders they were now a world leader and would surpass the United States in power and prestige. “The unipolar world has collapsed. The power of the US empire has collapsed. Every day, the new poles of world power are becoming stronger. Beijing, Tokyo, Tehran… it’s moving towards the East and the South.”
As always, Mr. Chavez makes a point along with revealing his ignorance. Japan is hardly booming these days and it lacks economic, political, and military power to influence world opinion or decisions. He also appears to ignore that China’s adoption of capitalism has sparked its economic development, not weakened it.