March 6 - As the world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, China and Japan express their condolences. Simon Hanna reports.
Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders express their deep condolences at the passing of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez - pictured here on a visit to China in 2008. China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told reporters in Beijing that Chavez was a great leader of Venezuela and a good friend of the Chinese people. The Venezuelan embassy in the Chinese capital flew its flag at half mast on Wednesday. As countries around the world express their condolences, Japan also praised Chavez for developing bilateral ties. (SOUNDBITE) (JAPANESE) JAPANESE DEPUTY CABINET SECRETARY KATSUNOBU KATO: "President Chavez visited Japan twice during his terms in office and we'd like to continue to work on developing our friendly relationship with Venezuela." Chavez died on Tuesday after a two year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of tumultuous and divisive rule. The flamboyant 58 year old vanished from public view after surgery on late last year that resulted in complications and respiratory infections.