The Venezuelan president touts Beijing's $4 billion investment as another punch in his bid to undermine US clout. China is more pragmatic.
Their compensation has outpaced inflation for five years, prompting demands for oversight, disclosure.
Who would foreigners like to see at the helm of the world's superpower – a Republican or Democrat?
Down 3.3 percent in the past year, median US home values are still 7.6 percent above 2004 levels.