Friday, August 25, 2006

25 August, 2006
China Backs Venezuela Bid for Security Council Seat
BEIJING, August 24.— China supports Venezuela’s bid for a UN Security Council seat, said President Hugo Chavez on Thursday following a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The meeting, attended by the closest collaborators of both presidents, was held after the official welcome to the Venezuelan president at the People’s Palace.
Chavez said that the Chinese decision to support the Venezuelan candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council was announced by Hu Jintao at that meeting, reported Prensa Latina.
The Venezuelan leader said he was pleased with the agreements and understanding achieved with the Chinese authorities.
Chavez noted that the positive outcomes of the meeting are the result of three years of efforts to strengthen relations, now closer in the geopolitical, economic, technological, investment and cooperation fields.
Chavez made brief statements to the press at the end of the eight-document signing ceremony, which included memorandums of understanding and agreements in energy, finance, oil exploitation and home building.
The deals also included visits of Chinese tourist groups to Venezuela, as well as the setting up of a bilateral Business Committee.


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