Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela 
(Photo: AVN)

President Nicolas Maduro said the trip was “very necessary, very opportune and full of great expectations.”

"We are leaving under better conditions, having activated a program of economic recovery, growth and prosperity. We are going to improve, broaden and deepen relations with this great world power," he said in a televised address.

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez is currently in China and met with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement late Wednesday.

Venezuela and China established diplomatic relations in 1974 and the bilateral relationship has witnessed faster development since the establishment of their strategic partnership for common development in 2001.

Earlier, Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for second six-year term as Venezuelan President on May 24th.

Mr. Maduro swore "to respect and enforce the Constitution and lead all revolutionary changes" in a ceremony at the Constituent Assembly, which he set up himself last year and stacked with his supporters.

Nicolas Maduro, born in 1962, has been the President of Venezuela since former President Hugo Chavez died in 2013. He previously served under President Hugo Chavez as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2013, and as Vice President of Venezuela from 2012 to 2013./.


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