Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
April 03, 2019

No Chinese Troops Arrived In Venezuela

Commentator Horsewhisperer pointed to a piece by the former Indian ambassador M.K. Bhadrakumar that claims that Chinese soldiers arrived in Venezuela:

The reported arrival of Chinese military personnel in Venezuela last weekend is undoubtedly a major event in world politics.

Unlike Russia, which has a history of force projection abroad, this is an extremely rare Chinese move. Although vital Chinese interests are at stake in the war against terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Syria, China refrained from publicising any such deployment.

The reports mention that the group of Chinese military personnel is 120-strong and arrived on the Margarita Island in the Caribbean Sea off the Venezuelan mainland on March 28 ‘to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces.’ After delivering the humanitarian supplies, the Chinese PLA troops were apparently transferred to a Venezuelan military facility.

The "reports" are likely false. There are no Chinese soldiers in Venezuela.

M. K. Bhadrakumar piece was published yesterday on his blog Indian Punchline and today republished on NewsClick. It is based on a claim made by Al Masadar News, a site in Lebanon which at times has real news from Syria, but is otherwise amateurish.

Al Masdar wrote on April 2:

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M) – A group of Chinese soldiers arrived in Venezuela on Sunday as part of a cooperation program between Beijing and Caracas.

According to reports, more than 120 soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces.

The arrival of the People’s Liberation Army in Venezuela comes just days after the Russian armed forces deployed to the country to install a military helicopter training facility.

While Al Masdar says "according to reports" none are linked. A search turns up zero such reports. The only source seems to be the Twitter account @I30mki pictured in the post. That account posts mostly mil-porn around the Russian fighter jet Su-57. It is probably run by some Russian or Indian teen.

The seemingly sole source of Al Masdar tweeted about the alleged Chinese soldiers in Venezuela on April 1. Two of the attached photos show a Chinese B-747 commercial cargo plane and the third picture shows some soldiers.

The Chinese cargo plane indeed brought aid to Venezuela. Ruptly provided video of the welcome cermony and unloading. Only civil personal, no soldiers, are seen in that video. Text to the video, published on March 29, says:

A plane carrying the first batch of humanitarian aid from China arrived at Simon Bolivar International Airport in the northern Venezuelan city of Maiquetia on Friday.

Maiquetta is not on Venezuela’s Margarita Island but on its mainland. It is unlikely that 120 soldiers would travel on a long range commercial cargo plane which is neither equipped nor licensed for human transport.

The third picture attached to the tweet shows five soldiers smiling for the camera.


On his blog Bhadrakumar claims that the picture shows "Chinese PLA personnel pose with members of Venezuela’s National Bolivarian Armed Forces, March 29, 2019". While the aid delivery was on March 29 the claim that the picture was taken on the same day is likely false.

Two of the soldiers wear ammunition carrier vests with FANB written on the left breast pocket. It stands for Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, which is the name of the Venezuelan army. The other three soldiers have digital pattern uniforms in three different color schemes. These are Chinese Type 07 combat uniforms and the color schemes are "ocean", "universal" and "urban" used respectively by the Chinese navy, army and air force. All soldiers in the picture are probably 30 to 40 years old. One of the Chinese soldiers is a Major, another is Lieutenant Colonel. The ranks of the other men are not visible.

That three Chinese officers from three different branches of the Peoples Liberation Army are in a picture with two Venzuelan officer makes it likely that it was taken during some type of friendly officer exchange program or visit. It is unlikely to have been taken during the aid delivery. Why would middle rank officer from the navy, air force and army take part in some relief flight?

The tweet and its pictures make no sense. All that we are left with are the unsourced claims by some site in Lebanon:

According to reports, more than 120 soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces.

Why some 120 Chinese soldiers would land on the tourist Margarita Island instead of the mainland is left unexplained. Militarily it would not make any sense and there is zero evidence that it happened.

The fakenews piece by Al Masdar was picked up by Zerohedge, and dozens of other such trash sites. That Bhadrakumar and other regular Moon of Alabama readers failed for it is sad.

Posted by b on April 3, 2019 at 18:26 UTC | Permalink

« previous page

Question - why is 'identity politics' associated with 'left-wing' in the US?

Here in the old world, we'd see it as classical divide-et-impera strategy, i.e. standard right-wing or proto-fascist procedure: "We're X, you're Y, so we're different groups and won't mix/ cooperate.'

Posted by: smuks | Apr 5 2019 12:23 utc | 101

So, several regular MoA commenters routinely receive their "information" from known trash sites such as Zero Hedge and Fort Russ?

Get outta town!

Nice post b. Good to see you keepin it real. Far too little of that nowadays on all sides of the political great divide

Now, if we can just perusade you to stop blaming Trump policy on the "US" and/or his appointed flunkies such as Bolton, Pompeo and Abrams....whom he appointed hisself.

May we now add Trump ass sucker Barr to the list of his appointees?

Posted by: donkeytale | Apr 5 2019 12:53 utc | 102

Ok, appreciated. Not quite sure why, though.

Posted by: Do....tter | Apr 3, 2019 4:35:31 PM | 14

Posted by: Otto | Apr 5 2019 14:45 utc | 103

Looked for the photo of the friendly Chinese-S. Americans in b's post.

It seems to have arisen ex nihilo at the end of March - so 'private' photo or similar.

All with the tag imho.

Other ppl at the same occasion. See the building in the background, *not* coincidence. There are other garbs, labelled in Chinese, for the uniform experts.

lifted from a tweet in Spanish, posted 18 March 2019.

ATENCIÓN------> Chinos con el uniforme de las FANB Esto es intervención militar extranjera

The background spells China not Venezuela. The style and shape of the building, the tiles of the roof, the paint on the tree (photo 1 - b’s post) .. other small details.

Photo 2 (also no history with a simple search) shows the shape of the hilly terrain behind, so if anyone really wants to identify the occasion, it could be done. Note in photo 2, the Chinese seem to be right at home and are lined up in front of what I feel is ‘their’ building.

Also, they are clearly not on a foreign mission in any way, these are ground, local, personnel, imho. Also the photos are many years old (extracting a date might be done.)

Drive-by @ 31 has some other photos that hint at similar, they might be - or not - the same occasion (not indubitably the same.)

China sending soldiers to Venez - noooh, only in an alternate universe. Why did Bhadrakumar post this ... very odd.

Posted by: Noirette | Apr 5 2019 15:06 utc | 104

Good to read about checking fake news. Keeps one on one's toes !!

Posted by: Anthony Hawkins | Apr 6 2019 10:07 utc | 105

Messages from God the Father Almigthy to all Humankind, Holy Trinity to humankind
Messages of the Sacred Trinity to all humankind.
Glory to God, Jehovah of the Heavenly Armies Who Warns in Person and
Holy Greatness with His Beloved Son to humankind from the dangers that
lie ahead because of the Herculean Planet-Comet and the Failed Elohim of
God Almighty and Almighty Father, Donald Trump, who goes to kill the
children of the Most High in the ritual of hell being himself the
Antichrist, that is why he hates both the Mexican and Latin American
people of God the Almighty Father. That is why the Blessed Virgin of
Guadalupe defends them, Her Most High Son, The Lord Jesus Christ and all
the Celestial Cohort of the Elohim of God Almighty Father and Almighty
Jehovah of Hosts. Amen, Alleluia, Amen. Given today March 31, 2019,
through the instrument Yolanda Roldán Palomino.

Message from Heaven to Venezuela.March 12th 2019.
Consecrate yourselves to the Immaculate and Unfaintfull Heart of the
Blessed Virgin Mary to protect you from the invasion of China upon you.
Blesses you the Holy Mother of Heaven in the Name of the Father Jehovah
of Heavenly Armies, ask for help saying "Elohim fight for Me in the Name
of Tetragrammaton"; and you will be helped, you will see, Blesses you
My Beloved Son Jesus Christ Sacramented Suffering for you My Children of
My Immaculate Heart and The Holy Spirit. Amen Jesus.
God Blesses you in the Almighty Name of the Father Jehovah of the
heavenly Armies Father of the Elohim, in the name of the Mother Most
Holy Virgin Mary, in the Name of His Beloved Son Jesus Christ
Sacramentalized for you and of the Holy Spirit who tells you by will of
the Almighty that the children will be released into interplanetary
ships, not the elders, by Will of the Most High if you stop prostitution
of children in exchange for money for achiving food for you. That God
sees everything and no one mocks God, if they have been raped they will
not come to the Rapture of the Church to Heaven, which is what it is
about extraterrestrial abduction, so stop prostituting them! that's all
God says Omnipotent Father from Heaven. This message comes from Spain,
see the web there is more for you. They will not kill Guaidó by the Will
of God the Father Almighty, although they will kidnap him, so read all
this in front of your Church and confess all the abortions that the
ladies did in the USA, That's why they are like that and the girls who
have been raped most of them even God loves them so much instead of
those mean mothers who don't hesitate to prostitute their own daughters,
do it yourselves instead the girls because the Father won't pass it no
matter how much you repent, that's why you won't be able to get out of
the crisis so soon.
The Virgin Mary says that either you stop now that sick bussines of
children or everything accelerates and the Chinese arrive with whom
Maduro is plotting against you who have already sold part of Maracaibo
at your Venezuelan expense,
P. S. Don't go to the USA that is going to fracture San Andreas Fault
for the sin of abortion what you did ladies and them. Tell this to the
people who went there.
Amen, Hallelujah, Amen. Glory to God in the Heights and Peace on earth
to the men whom the Lord Loves. Amen, Amen, Amen.
More messages from God Almighty to Venezuela in this web
Message to USA from Almigthy God, Lord Jesus the Christ Holy Son of the
Father, San Andreas Fault is about to be broken run from that area
please, My people, run away as soon as possible. Thanks a lot from
Almigthy God Children of Mine is time or never. Love you Says the Holy
Jesus Christ, Beloved children run and don´t look back as in time of
Sodoma and Lot. 21/02/2019.

The Lord Jesus Christ says to Mexico, "Consecrate yourselves to My
Wounds, to My Holy Blood and I will protect your families of the great
catastrophe that is approaching the Popocatepetl as a result of sin of
abortion. Message for you Puebla to His children by Will of Him, Holy
among the Saints. Amen, Amen, Amen.February 12th 2019.

Message from God Almighty Jehova of the Armies to Britain UK March 4th
2019. Saint Patrick prophecy is going to be accomplish if you please
repent of sin of abortion and pray to the Blessed Mother of God Jesus
the Christ to be saved from the coming flooding soon as soon as
possible, please Says God Almigthy repent children repent My Name is
Jehova of the Armies Father of the Elohim, repent because the flood is
not waiting any more to you people rapist men of Pakistan beware My
Wrath against you murderous sinners of islam you will be burnt alive in
the fire of Hell very soon. Amen, Aleluya, Amen. Amen Amen Amen. Signed
from Elohim Saint Michael Archangel of God and the Blessed Mother of
God Virgin Mary. Amen.

Messaggio de la Santa Madonna Virgine Maria a la Italia.
Pregate mei figlii la Santa Madonna Celeste diche me per la islamische
invasione sopra vostra frontiere, Consacrate Me Il Mio Cuore os protteje
de la vostra invasione inicua de le islamiste ordiche per ditrugliere la
vostra fidei in Me, in Mio Figlio Santisimo Iesu Cristo. Amen, Aleluya.
Dico ogli per la vostra Redencione per Mandato del Santo Dio Jehova de
la Celestiale Milittia Pater Omnipotent. 20 Marzo 2019.

Posted by: YolandaRoldan | Apr 7 2019 0:25 utc | 106

China is just an amazingly strange country... I still can't understand their thing with the internet. They just can't use world wide web and it is crazy. Of course vpn can bypass such restrictions but at first you need to find vpn on for example but they won't be able to access this website either.

Posted by: Jeorge H Waters | Apr 19 2019 13:38 utc | 107

« previous page

The comments to this entry are closed.