China has overcome difficulties and made brilliant achievements over the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, winning the respect of the world, said Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

China’s continuous efforts in pushing forward the Belt & Road Initiative will provide a steady boost to world development, added Maduro in a recent exclusive interview with the China Central Television (CCTV).

He said he had visited China many times and that each time he saw the progress China has made.

“I came to China for the first time in December 2004. I have witnessed the progress China has made in the past 15 years. Cities are developing, industries, technology are advancing and people’s living standards are improving,” said Maduro.

China has become an important engine driving world development and has provided valuable experience to other developing countries, said Maduro.

“I think China is an important force in the 21st century. From the perspective of civilisation, economy, politics and culture, China is an important emerging power. From the economic perspective, China is a major engine driving the diversified development of the new world economy. China is also the engine of scientific and technological innovation, especially in the third world and countries of south, and China is our model.

I fully agree with President Xi Jinping’s idea of building a community of shared future for mankind. We will keep making progress in the future,” he said.

The Belt & Road Initiative connects all continents and created a platform for win-win development for the world.

“Venezuela was among the first to join the Belt & Road Initiative in Latin America. This is a very important initiative that enables different countries and regions to share economic development and mutual benefit.

I think it was a huge success in Asia and it also linked Europe and Asia. Many countries in Latin America and Caribbean are joining the initiative. The initiative lets all parties achieve win-win development. I think it is a key to the success of the world economy,” he said.

Maduro also extended birthday greetings to China. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my greetings to the Chinese people, the Communist Party of China, all walks of life in China and President Xi Jinping.

Congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the 70 years are admirable. Happy birthday! Happy birthday ,” said Maduro.