Venezuela's president arrives in China for talks, economic deals

Other News Materials 23 September 2008 15:40 (UTC +04:00)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with Chinese leaders and the expected signing of several economic deals, reported dpa.

Chavez was scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday afternoon, following which the two leaders would attend the signing of several joint documents, foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters.

Asked earlier if the documents to be signed in Beijing would include deals on energy and military fighter jets, Jiang said she had "no information" on military trade.

Last week she said discussions were "under way" on possible energy deals, but she declined to give details.

"Venezuela is a major oil exporter in the world, and energy cooperation is part of the two countries' cooperation of mutual benefit," Jiang said.

She said that since China's imports of oil from Venezuela accounted for only for 4 per cent of its total oil imports, this did not affect Venezuela's oil supplies to other nations.

The ministry said the two sides were expected to sign other documents on judicial issues, sports and quality inspection during Chavez's visit.