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Chinese vice president arrives in Brazil for official visit

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived on Wednesday night in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, kicking off his official visit to the Latin American country.

Xi said in a written statement on arrival, his visit is aimed at boosting friendship, broadening consensus, deepening cooperation and promoting development.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) is greeted by Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Roberto Jaguaribe upon his arrival at the airport in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 18, 2009. Xi Jinping arrived late Wednesday in Brasilia to begin his official visit to Brazil.(Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)


China and Brazil are the biggest developing countries in the eastern and western hemispheres respectively, Xi said, noting that bilateral relations have led to fruitful achievements, especially since the establishment of the strategic partnership in 1993.

Xi said China and Brazil have maintained close collaboration in international affairs and defended the interests of developing countries.

China highly values its strategic partnership with Brazil, and is determined to deepen bilateral cooperation in all fields, he said.

Xi said China is willing to join hands with Brazil to confront new challenges, promote common development, and make more contributions to South-South cooperation.

Brazil is the fifth stop of Xi's six-nation tour which has already taken him to Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, and Venezuela. He will travel to Malta after concluding his visit to Brazil.

During his visit to Venezuela, the Chinese vice president met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Vice President Ramon Carrizales and Cilia Flores, president of Venezuela's National Assembly. They discussed reciprocal cooperation between the two countries and international issues of common concern.

In talks with Carrizales, the two exchanged views on ways of deepening bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

Xi said with the establishment of the China-Venezuela strategic partnership for common development in 2001, bilateral ties had entered a new stage of development.

Trade and economic exchanges were expanding rapidly and there exists good momentum for bilateral cooperation in such key areas as energy, agriculture, infrastructure construction and high technology, he said.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front R) shakes hands with local Chinese upon his arrival at the airport in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 18, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)


The two economies are highly complementary and China is ready to join hands with Venezuela to deepen and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.

In energy cooperation, potentials should be tapped so that the two sides could become long-term, stable cooperative partners, he said.

Xi said greater efforts should be made to promote cooperation in agriculture through increased coordination between relevant departments of the two countries.

China will continue to encourage capable and credible Chinese enterprises to participate in Venezuela's infrastructure construction and other projects, he said.

In addressing a seminar attended by Chavez and entrepreneurs from both China and Venezuela, Xi spoke highly of the bilateral ties and all-round cooperation between the two countries.

Xi hoped that joint efforts would be made to further promote China-Venezuela friendly cooperation, including improving the mechanism for cooperation and strengthening cooperation in energy and finance.

He said both sides should focus on common development and deepening mutual political trust, and enriching the contents of their strategic partnership.

Strengthening friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Venezuela was also conducive to the development of China-Latin America relations as a whole, Xi said.

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