China on Thursday extended support to Venezuela for its bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council next year.
"China and Venezuela now enjoy sound bilateral relations and have maintained close communication and cooperation in dealing with international and regional affairs," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing on Thursday.
Qin said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had talked about the country's plans to run for non-permanent member status in the UN Security Council in meetings with senior Chinese officials during his recent visit to China.
As per UN rules, a country from the Latin American and Caribbean region will be appointed to the Security Council as a non-permanent member next year. Its tenure will last for two years. There are ten non-permanent and five permanent members on the UN Security Council.
China and Venezuela had signed a number of bilateral agreements, including oil deals during Chavez's recent visit to Beijing.