President Xi Jinping held talks with the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro in the Great Hall of the People on September 22. The two heads of state strengthened the strategic partnership and had in-depth discussions on bilateral strategic relations and international issues, on which they shared the agreements deeply and widely.
Xi Jinping said that Venezuela was an important country in Latin America. Through joint efforts, the bilateral relations had achieved a great development. Former President Hugo Chavez was a great friend of Chinese people who made outstanding contributions to the development of bilateral relations and we miss him very much. China appreciates President Maduro and the new government could inherit President Hugo Chavez's friendly policy towards China and took the development of bilateral relations as a diplomatic priority. Currently, China and Venezuela stood at a fresh start. Therefore, the two sides should further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas and push the China-Venezuela strategic partnership of common development to another new level.
Xi Jinping emphasized that the two sides should strengthen the experience exchange in the aspects of high - level contacts, close government, legislative bodies, political parties, mutual communication about the party's construction and economic development and so on. Both sides should fully play the bilateral high-level mixed committee and financial cooperation mechanism and promote the pragmatic cooperation in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure construction, finance and other fields to create the favorable conditions for mutual investment. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of diplomatic between the two countries and both sides would hold a series of cultural exchanges. So we could deepen mutual understanding and friendly feelings with each other. What's more, we maintained a close cooperation in the multilateral field and push forward China-Latin America Cooperation Forum to upgrade China-Latin America friendly cooperative relations to a new stage.
Maduro said that Venezuela and China have maintained a sincere friendship and support each other on an equal footing. The Venezuelan side appreciated China's precious support, especially to President Chavez's profound friendship. President Chavez attached great importance to the relations with China and has jointly developed the bilateral strategic partnership, which was one of the most valuable heritages. We would succeed in President Chavez's willingness to consolidate and expand the friendly cooperation with China to promote its diversified economic and social development. Venezuela hoped that the cooperation between the two countries would be planned in the next 10 years , especially in governing a state and enhancing inter-party exchanges, expanding the co-operation in the fields of industry, agriculture, oil, gas, transportation, infrastructure construction investment, financing, science and technology and people's livelihood. We welcomed Chinese companies to participate in Venezuela's construction of special economic zones. We were willing to keep close communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and support the creation of the China-Latin America Cooperation Forum. Maduro still showed that Venezuela would like to play an active role in the cooperation between China and Latin America.
After the meeting, two Presidents of State jointly attended the signing ceremony of cooperation of agreement in the field of financing, culture, education, training and facilitating people-to-people exchanges.
Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for Nicolas Maduro at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Also, President Xi Jinping's wife, Peng Liyuan, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, Eligen Imibakhi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and CPPCC National Committee Vice-Chairman Li Xiaofeng attended the ceremony.
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