BEIJING – The government of China expressed confidence on Thursday about the political and economic situation of Venezuela as President Nicolas Maduro was set to start a China visit later in the day, during which he is expected to sign a number of partnership agreements.
Maduro is visiting China at a time when his country is battling an economic crisis, and will meet his counterpart Xi Jinping as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and chairman of the People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu.
“After smooth presidential elections in Venezuela, the situation has become better and the Venezuelan government is actively promoting economic and financial reform,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing shortly before the start of Maduro’s visit.
The spokesperson said that Maduro, whose visit will last until Sept. 16, will sign a number of bilateral agreements with Xi, without providing details of the pacts.
“China believes that the Venezuelan government and people are capable of dealing with their internal affairs within legal framework,” said Geng, adding that the South American country was a “comprehensive strategic partner” for Beijing.
Geng said that China’s economic aid was benefiting the Venezuelan people and progressing well “following the principles of mutual respect (...) in line with international norms.”
Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will give a banquet in honor of Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores, and Maduro will preside over the 16th meeting of high-level committees for bilateral relations.
“Maduro’s visit will further enhance political mutual trust, deepen our mutually beneficial cooperation in several areas (...) elevate it to a higher level and open up new prospects for the bilateral ties,” Geng said.