VP: Venezuela may become China's "entrance gate" to Mercosur
Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Arreaza met with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao and the chairman of China Development Bank Hu Haibang. Arreaza said Venezuela-China relation are an example for the whole world, particularly for the Americas
Arreaza met with Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao and the chairman of China Development Bank (China's main investment arm abroad), Hu Haibang, EFE reported.
The Venezuelan vice-president, who was welcomed with a solemn military ceremony, stated that China-Venezuela relationship is "a model bilateral relation for many countries around the world and particularly the Americas."
Arreaza is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.
For his part, the chairman of China Development Bank underscored that the financial institution had lent over USD 40 billion to Venezuela over the last six years.
He also stressed that in the first half of 2013, Venezuela received some USD 14.7 billion.
"Venezuela is one the most significant countries for our international cooperation," the official stated.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.