June 20, 2016

Venezuela’s debts to China should first be investigated, not first negotiated.

Sir, Lucy Hornby and Andres Schipani report that Chinese "Envoys seek assurances from opposition on debt in case president [Maduro] falls” June 20.

I don’t know about the opposition, but I sure believe that if any developed countries had been given those loans in such non-transparent terms, as Venezuela got those of China, its citizen would have, at least initially, given the Chinese the finger.

And so this is not for the opposition to negotiate, it is for the opposition to openly and transparently investigate.

Only after complete investigations have concluded, and the debt has been declared bona fide, and not derived from odious credits or odious borrowings, could then open and transparent negotiations begin. 

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