Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is amid his fourth China trip.

President Chavez has prioritized a major item of energy cooperation during his visit.

The two sides will carry out mutually beneficial cooperation in oil export, procurement of tankers and oil equipment, and oilfield management and operation.

China and Venezuela have formed a "future-oriented strategic partnership for joint development".

As a topic to be included in the strategic partnership, Sino-Venezuelan energy cooperation

conforms to the common interests of both nations; and complies with the commercial principles of economic complementarity and with the WTO norms.

It constitutes a form of absolutely legitimate and undisputed bilateral ties.

In view of a broader perspective, Sino-Venezuelan cooperation, especially cooperation in the energy field, facilitates improving the energy demand and supply demand and keeping it stabilized and diversified. It can help reduce the risk of a world energy crisis and increase the possibility for global stability and harmony.

China keeps to the road of peaceful development, and it has been working hard to promote world peace and development.

The country has adhered to an independent foreign policy of peace and it is pursuing peaceful

coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries across the world.

Sino-Venezuelan cooperation, which has been developed on the basis of these basic concepts, is peaceful and mutual cooperation, which does not jeopardize the interests of any third party.

Sino-Venezuelan cooperation is therefore the policy choice made by the two countries on their own, which brooks no swaying from any unreasonable outside interference.

China has made some advances in its economic cooperation with some Latin American countries, including Venezuela, in recent years.

This cooperation is naturally the outcome of the mutual needs of China and Latin American countries in the course of their economic growth as well as the display of an economic globalization trend.

But some people in the United States have developed a kind of irrelevant "sense of crisis".

Bluntly speaking, this crisis originates from the outmoded ideological orientation of some Americans, who took Latin America as their "backyard".

"How come others are allowed to sleep soundly besides them in their backyard?" Obviously, such feelings are remnants of colonialism, so outdated and backward, which should be cast into the Pacific.

In view of the present reality, the scale of economic cooperation between China and Venezuela and other Latin American nations is so limited that it cannot be compared to the cooperation between large countries in North America and the Latin American countries.

In addition, The long, remote distance between China and Latin America and other relevant geographical factors restricts their economic cooperation to a certain extent. Those who have endlessly rattled on about Sino-Latin America economic exchanges are simply oversensitive.

Respect for the political choice of the people of other countries and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other's countries represent China's consistent foreign policy.

Facts have proved that China's foreign policy complies with the international norms and facilitates the world peace and stability.

China has been adhering to this attitude towards some political changes in the Latin American countries in recent years.

Things in a country should be decided by its own people.

If a country goes beyond its responsibility to meddle with others' affairs, things will usually be in disarray. This has also been proven by modern and contemporary history. China will not do that way, let alone following others to do so even under pressure.

It is a mutually beneficial and win-win move to develop economic cooperation between China and Venezuela and other Latin American countries, which is aimed to seek happiness for their people, promote the common prosperity of the world, and keep up the construction of a harmonious world.

The Chinese and Venezuelan peoples, together with the peoples of other Latin American countries, will be able to deepen mutual understanding and enhance mutual respect for each other through economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, so as to lay a still more solid foundation for the world's harmony.

[Source: By Huang Qing, People's Daily, Chn, 25Aug06. Huang Qing is senior editor of People's Daily newspaper]

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