Beijing, December 21st—Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee met here today with Jorge Arreaza, Foreign Minister of Venezuela.
Song expressed that China and Venezuela are comprehensive strategic partners, good friends with mutual trust, and good partners with mutual benefit and win-win results. China-Venezuela relations have always maintained a sound development momentum. China treasures the traditional friendship between both countries, and always treats and develops bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, respects the development path chosen independently by the Venezuelan people, and will continue to unswervingly increase friendship, mutual trust, and mutually beneficial cooperation between both countries, so as to better benefit the two countries and their peoples. Song thanked Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for sending the letter of congratulations on the convening of the 19th CPC National Congress and Comrade Xi Jinping’s re-election as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, and appreciated the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) for sending senior delegation to attend the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting. Song said that the CPC pays attention to developing relations with the PSUV, and is willing to further enhance high-level exchanges between the two parties, and continuously deepen experience communication on party governance and state administration.
Arreaza warmly congratulated again on the successful convening of the 19th CPC National Congress, and expressed sincere admiration for the great outcomes achieved from the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the leadership of the CPC with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core. Venezuela is ready to deeply research and learn from the CPC’s successful experience, and thanked China’s precious support to Venezuela for a long time. The PSUV thanks China’s invitation, and highly praises the successful convening of the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting, and is willing to further strengthen friendly communication and cooperation in various fields between the PSUV and the CPC, in a bid to jointly promote relations between both countries for continuous development.