Venezuela and China strengthen industrial relations

The China-Venezuela industrial, scientific, and aerospace sub-committee, led by the China-Venezuela High-Level Commission, met in Caracas on 14 December 2016 to strengthen bilateral industrial relations. Vice President for Social Development Jorge Arreaza stressed the importance of maintaining strong bilateral relations and highlighted China's support for the production of automobiles, housing materials, telephones, and computers in Venezuela (Globovisión). During the meeting, Venezuela and China agreed to 672 new projects, 131 of which are linked to President Nicolás Maduro's Bolivarian Economic Agenda. The nations also signed an agreement for China to provide Venezuela with a heavy cargo transport fleet to increase the government-run Grand Supply Mission's logistical capacity to distribute food by one third (El Universal).

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