Chinese president Hu Jintao with Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, in November 2004. Photo: AP

Fidel Castro’s part in shaping China’s economic link with Venezuela revealed by former bank governor

  • Chen Yuan, then governor of the China Development Bank, met the Cuban leader during a visit by Chinese president Hu Jintao to Cuba in 2004
  • A meeting with then Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez followed, leading to more than US$67 billion being loaned to the Latin American country since 2005
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Chinese president Hu Jintao with Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, in November 2004. Photo: AP
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Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.