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.
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.