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Chavez praises Chinese economy

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Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says China is leading the world out of the financial crisis.

In a meeting yesterday with President Hu Jintao, Chavez described China as the "biggest engine driving the world".

"The center of gravity of the world has moved to Beijing," he said.

"We are creating a new world, a balanced world, a multi-polar world."

Hu said China attached great importance to its relationship with Venezuela.

The two countries should further their trade cooperation in areas including energy, agriculture, infrastructure and technology to weaken the impact of the financial crisis, he said.

This is Chavez's sixth visit to China since taking power in 1998.

Upon arrival on Tuesday night, Chavez said he would urge Chinese leaders to increase the barrels of oil imported from Venezuela from 380,000 to 1 million by 2013.

China imported about 1.46 billion barrels of oil worldwide last year.

A Chinese analyst said increasing oil imports from Venezuela would be expensive.

"It takes only two days for Venezuelan oil to go to the US, but 10 days to come to China," Professor He Shuangrong, of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said.

In addition, Beijing imported heavy crude oil from Venezuela and it was costly to refine it for use.

Bilateral trade peaked last year at more than $10 billion, according to Venezuelan figures. Last year, Venezuela launched its first geostationary satellite thanks to cooperation with China.


1. When did Hugo Chavez take power in Venezuela?

2. How many barrels of oil did China import worldwide last year?

3. What did China help Venezuela launch last year?


1. 1998.

2. 1.46 billion.

3. Its first geostationary satellite.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Chavez praises Chinese economy

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Chavez praises Chinese economy

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.