Strategic observation

Interview: Venezuelan ANC leader sees China as advancing international security

2017-09-13 05:52:50 (Beijing Time)


By Pei Jianrong and Victoria Argüello

CARACAS, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- President of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Delcy Rodriguez said China was a "new leading light for humanity", and the path chosen by China was leading toward true global equality and international security.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, the ANC leader highlighted the comprehensive strategic partnership between Caracas and Beijing, adding that China has set an example for Venezuela to follow in its path of development.

Rodriguez believed the bilateral ties could be further broadened. "There is still much to do with China. If you ask me what I hope for our relations, I will say that I see a greater, more hopeful future, better development and more shared benefits," she said at the Yellow House, the seat of Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"We have seen the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping have taken very important measures in the fight against corruption," pointed out Rodriguez.

She also held up China as a model to follow, not only because of its successful economic development, but also its rapid rise as a geopolitical reference point.

Rodriguez, a former foreign minister, pointed to the 9th BRICS Summit held in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen from September 3-5. "China is at the center of a global geopolitical realignment, it is at the core of this leadership," she judged.

She said she would pay close attention to the results of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, set for October 18. "We are all eagerly awaiting the development of this congress, as it will set the course, mark the direction for the operation of the entire state," she said.

On the economic front, the ANC president guaranteed stability for investors in Venezuela, pointing to the eight laws presented by President Nicolas Maduro last week, which all aim to help the country's economy and finances.

These new tools include a Law for the Promotion and Protection of Foreign Investment in Venezuela, which sends a "good message" to China that its investments are safe, she said.

This package of laws will "allow to diversify the entrance of revenue to the country," allowing the government to rely on other exchangeable currencies apart from U.S. dollar for internal and external uses, she added.