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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.