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Venezuelan President Chavez to Visit China This Month


China says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is set to visit the country this month, amid signs the two nations are looking to increase their energy ties.

In a statement Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that Mr. Chavez will visit Beijing from August 22 to August 27.

The leaders are expected to discuss oil exports, as China seeks fresh energy supplies to fuel its rapid economic growth.

Venezuela has some of the world's largest oil reserves and is trying to increase its fuel shipments to China. Mr. Chavez has said he wants oil exports to China to reach 300,000 barrels a day.

The Venezuelan leader's visit to China will follow recent trips to Russia, Iran, Vietnam and Mali.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.