Nicolás Maduro arrives in Beijing during Official visit to China

Beijing, Sept 12 (EFE).- The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will meet with the president of China, Xi Jinping, according to state broadcaster CGTN.

The Chinese capital is Maduro’s fourth stop, after passing through the cities of Shenzhen (southeast), Shanghai (east) and the eastern province of Shandong.

The Venezuelan leader has visited China five times, the last time in 2018. He will remain in the Asian country until the 14th and although his itinerary has not been published, it is assumed that he will meet with the Chinese president.

Maduro arrived in the capital of the Asian giant after declaring on Monday in Shandong that he seeks to close deals between Venezuelan and Chinese public and private companies.

In Shanghai, Maduro met with the president of the New Development Bank of the BRICS group, former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, where he highlighted the importance of Venezuela’s relations with the BRICS, stressing that the bloc and the financial institution have “a partner, an ally and a friend” in Venezuela.

The Venezuelan leader’s visit to China is part of the strengthening of relations between the two countries, which have grown closer in recent years.

China is an important strategic partner for Venezuela, and this visit aims to further strengthen cooperation in various fields, including economic, technological and diplomatic.

Maduro’s arrival was preceded by that of the executive vice president of the Latin American country, Delcy Rodríguez, who met on Thursday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to review bilateral issues and promote economic and trade agreements between the two nations.

Relations between Venezuela and China, which grew closer during the time of the late President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), have strengthened during the Maduro administration. EFE


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