Venezuela, China vow deeper ties after Chavez death
CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela's new acting president, Nicolas Maduro, held talks with a Chinese delegation on Saturday and the two sides vowed to deepen strategic relations in honour of late leader Hugo Chavez.
Mr Maduro, who was sworn in late Friday, met with the chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Ping, who represented President Hu Jintao at Chavez's funeral.
"The best tribute that we could give to our comandante Chavez is to deepen our strategic relationship with our beloved China," said Mr Maduro, who served as foreign minister for six years before becoming vice-president last year.
Mr Maduro, whose inauguration was rejected by the opposition as unconstitutional, thanked China for providing scientific and medical support for Mr Chavez's cancer treatment. Mr Chavez lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday at age 58.