SHANGHAI – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro took part on Saturday in a business forum in Beijing, in which companies were seeking to establish ties between the countries, the Venezuelan presidential office said.
On the second day of his official visit to China, Maduro attended the China-Venezuela business forum held in the headquarters of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and in which 124 Chinese companies and 49 from Venezuela participated.
The leader was received by Gao Yan, president of the CCPIT, which comprises VIPS, enterprises and organizations and aims to promote foreign trade in China.
The business forum comes within the framework of Maduro’s official visit to China, which kicked off on Friday with the signing of agreements on oil, mining, the economy, security, technology and health, with which the South American country will try to ease the economic crisis it is going through.
On Friday, Maduro met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and asked him for increased cooperation to help Venezuela regain its financial stability.
“China and Venezuela are making history in the establishment of sincere relations that pursue the mutual benefit of our peoples,” the Venezuelan president wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Before the official meetings, Maduro also paid homage to Mao Zedong, founder of the Communist regime in the country with a visit to his tomb in Tiananmen square in Beijing.
Maduro, accompanied by wife Cilia Flores, paid his respects to the statue of Mao at the entrance to the mausoleum, where Mao’s embalmed body is preserved, and signed the visitor’s book, according to handout images released by the Venezuelan president’s office.