Special Report: Global Financial Crisis
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets
with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing, capital of China, on April 8, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao
BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China and Venezuela
agreed here Wednesday to step up cooperation in fields such as energy,
agriculture, and high technology and take joint actions in the face of the
global financial crisis.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the two exchanged in-depth views on bilateral
relations and other issues of common concern and reached an important consensus.
Hu highlighted the robust growth of bilateral
relations during the meeting, saying that China was satisfied with the positive
outcomes from bilateral economic and technological cooperation, progress made on
some key projects and close coordination on international and regional issues.
Hu also suggested the two nations should work closer
and boost the various pragmatic cooperation, which would not only help resolve
the impact from the international financial crisis, but also be conducive to
laying a solid foundation for the long-term development of Sino-Venezuelan
China highly values its ties with Venezuela and will
join hands with the Venezuelan side to make efforts to push forward the
bilateral strategic partnership to a higher level, Hu said.
Echoing Hu's views on bilateral relations, Chavez
also applauded the progress made on bilateral cooperation in energy,
agriculture, industry and technology.
He especially mentioned the successful launch and
delivery of Venezuela's first telecommunication satellite thanks to cooperation
Chavez noted that the world order is undergoing a
profound change and China already played a significant and positive role in an
effort to address the challenges posed by the international economic turmoil.
Venezuela is willing to cement its cooperation with
China in such a new international context, the Venezuelan president added.
As Hu's guest, Chavez arrived in Beijing on Tuesday
night for a three-day working visit.
He will also meet Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping
during the visit, which is his sixth to China.