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How a Chinese venture in Venezuela made millions while locals grew hungry

Caracas and Beijing agreed to hundreds of projects to kickstart growth in Venezuela, but after billions in investments, little has materialized

By Angus Berwick  /  Reuters, TUCUPITA, Venezuela

Instead of machinery capable of processing 18 tonnes an hour, workers are packing imported rice by hand.

“There’s not a gram of rice growing anywhere here,” said Mariano Montilla, a 47-year-old local who lives off the few crops he can coax from nearby scrubland.

“It seemed like a revolutionary idea,” he said of Chavez’s initial promise. “Now we’re starving.”

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