CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has
made a brief appearance to announce a big loan from China.
He spoke just hours after the vice president said Chavez is undergoing "rigorous treatment" following cancer surgery.
Chavez said Venezuela will soon receive a $4 billion loan from
China to boost joint development projects between the increasingly
close international allies.
During a Cabinet meeting that was broadcast live on state
television, Chavez said the money will finance projects such as
He said Venezuela will put $2 billion of its own into the projects.
Chavez gave few details of the agreement.
The live broadcast was suddenly cut when Chavez noted that Venezuela's national soccer team was playing a tight game against Ecuador in the regional Copa America tournament.