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China, Venezuela sign energy, mining cooperation deals

Updated: Sep 2,2015 8:25 PM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) meets with visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro before the closing ceremony of the 14th meeting of the China-Venezuela High-Level Joint Commission, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 2, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli addresses the closing ceremony of the 14th meeting of the China-Venezuela High-Level Joint Commission, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 2, 2015.

BEIJING — China and Venezuela signed a number of cooperation deals in the energy and mining sectors at the close of a meeting in Beijing on Sept 2.

The 14th meeting of the China-Venezuela High-Level Joint Commission gathered about 300 officials and entrepreneurs from the two countries in Beijing from Aug 31 to Sept 2.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli and visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attended the closing ceremony.

China and Venezuela are good friends and partners with mutual trust and win-win cooperation, said Zhang.

During President Xi Jinping’s visit to Venezuela in July last year, the two sides decided to upgrade bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership, opening a new chapter in bilateral ties and showing the direction for future development, said Zhang.

Both sides should make joint efforts to implement the strategic consensus of the two leaders, he added.

Zhang praised the high-level commission and hoped it will contribute more to stable and sound development of bilateral ties.

Maduro, one of many foreign leaders who will attend the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Sept 3, said he hoped China and Venezuela could strengthen their ties.

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