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Xi seeks energy deals in Venezuela

Published on Jul 21, 2014 5:14 AM
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (left) and China's President Xi Jinping wave during a meeting in Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CARACAS (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Sunday in Venezuela, the third leg of a Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade with the region and sealing energy deals.

The Chinese leader's charm offensive, which has already taken him to Brazil and Argentina and will next bring him to Cuba, seeks to secure new bilateral trade deals, particularly for coveted raw materials.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro greeted Mr Xi as he landed at the Maiquetia airport that serves Caracas, with dozens of dancers and musicians performing traditional musical pieces.

Following a visit to the tomb of revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar, Mr Xi will meet with Mr Maduro and address reporters.

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