Hugo Chavez: Global reactions to the Venezuelan leader's death
While he was alive, Hugo Chávez – the longest ruling democratically elected leader in Latin America – inspired people who loved him as often as he inflamed those who didn’t. That polarization seemed to follow him in death.
Asia and Africa
To the people of Venezuela we say their mourning is the mourning of all countries that are fighting to reclaim their place in the world economy.
"President Chávez was an outstanding leader of Venezuela and a good friend of the Chinese people," China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, adding that Chávez made significant contributions to advancing the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Venezuela.
According to Bloomberg, Venezuela sells China nearly 19 percent of its oil output. (about 518,000 barrels a day in 2013).