Venezuela and China: Together on the El Salvador issue
In the history of Venezuela’s international relations, the chapter on the strengthening of Sino-Venezuelan ties during the administration of President Luis Herrera Campins (1979-1984) is not well known. The tensions of the Cold War had also produced the East-East dispute between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and China for the leadership of the international communist movement, and in this dynamic, the United States of America (USA), after the rapprochement and normalization with Beijing in 1972 and 1979, coincided with the Asian giant in denouncing the actions of the USSR in the world. This is the case of the Central American conflict of the 1970s and 1980s. Therefore, we propose to analyze the alliance that led China and Venezuela to participate in the conflict in El Salvador in direct alignment with the U.S. and against the intervention of the USSR and Cuba.
Keywords: Venezuela, China, USA, USSR, El Salvador, Cold War.