After Richard Nixon went to China, historians began coining the phrase “Nixon in China” or “Nixon goes to China” to signal an unexpected shift by an ideological politician who decides to embrace and engage a foe.
After this week’s calamitous visit to China, where he came away empty handed, we should coin the term “Maduro in China” to signal when an ideological politician goes to embrace an incredibly close ally, and comes away rebuffed and empty handed.
The last week was a terrible one for our economy, and a worse one for presidential fashion. But in denying Maduro the funds to stay afloat, China has given Venezuelan democracy a pretty good week. The collapse of the chavista regime goes on.
We’ll see what the next week brings – judging by current tension levels alone, we’re in for a pretty rocky few weeks. Gird your loins, people.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(Disclaimer: The unforgettable picture of Maduro, Cilia and his scarf was actually taken in Russia, not in China.)Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.