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China slams foreign interference in Venezuela

After the move on Wednesday by the Trump administration, along with at least 10 other governments, to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as “interim president,” China has joined Russia in criticizing interference in the country’s domestic politics.

“China consistently pursues the principle of non-interference in other countries’ domestic politics,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a press briefing on Thursday.

China, she stressed, “is opposed to foreign interference in Venezuelan affairs.”

Guaido declared himself acting president on Wednesday, amid political demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro fueled by a years-long economic crisis.

The Chinese state-owned Global Times accused the US of creating “a huge loophole in the international order.”

“For a long time, the US has been eager to replace international law with its geopolitical interests and values so as to legalize its interference. Washington has confused right and wrong by calling some normal interactions interference and penetration,” the news outlet said in an editorial.

The comments come after Russia accused the US of instigating a coup, calling out the hypocrisy of US outrage over alleged interference in American elections.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also criticized Trump’s decision, saying he was “shocked.”

“I was shocked by Trump’s attitude [to the situation in Venezuela]. It is necessary to respect the person who won the election. We are coming out against any anti-democratic actions,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara, per TASS news agency.

Meanwhile, Canada joined 10 Latin American countries in endorsing Guaido, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Canadians stand with the people of Venezuela and their desire to restore constitutional democracy and human rights in Venezuela,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was quoted as saying.

[Soource: Asia Times, Bankok, 25Jan19]

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