China’s Xi to meet Venezuela’s Maduro on Friday

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that President Xi Jinping would meet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that afternoon, during a visit to Beijing where he seeks to convince China to disburse fresh loans to the crisis-struck oil producer.

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Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a regular briefing.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Christian Shepherd