Xi Jinping announces at his meeting with Maduro in China that he will expand relations with Venezuela

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, met with his Venezuelan counterpart in Beijing today, Nicolas Maduro, who has been on an official visit to the Asian country since September 8 last year. Xi announced during his meeting with the Venezuelan leader that he would “raise the level” of relations with Venezuela. “I am very pleased to announce that we will elevate China-Venezuela relations to the level of a strategic partnership.”

The capital was Maduro’s last stop on his way China tourwhich began in the southern city of Shenzhen and also stopped in the megalopolis of Shanghai and Shandong Province (east).

Maduro announced this Monday that the Minister of Petroleum, Rafael Tellechea, will lead a delegation that will travel to the Asian giant in search of business after “a joint comprehensive development agreement” was reached between the city of Shanghai and Carabobo state in the Caribbean country’s north.

This week, Venezuela announced that oil production rose by an average of 10,000 barrels per day (bd) in August compared to July, from 810,000 bd to 820,000 bd, according to official figures collected in the country’s monthly report Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), published this Tuesday.

Crude oil production has risen 12% since January, when it started at 732,000 bd, which experts recently consulted by EFE attributed to the resumption of operations American oil company Chevron in the Caribbean country – according to the license issued by the government Joe Biden last November – and efforts by the Venezuelan authorities.

Venezuela is subject to a sanctions regime from the United States and the European Union for human rights violations. The Defense Minister of Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino López, called this Tuesday on the world to reject these economic measures, which he considers “barbaric”. “The world must raise its voice against this barbarism and give way to a new global order based on respect, complementarity and solidarity.” Enough sanctions! Venezuela respects itself!“said the official on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

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