Beijing Slams Pompeo’s Remarks on China-LatAm Ties as ‘Nonsense’

China on Monday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks that Beijing is partly to be blamed for the volatile political situation in Venezuela, saying Washington’s attempt to slander Beijing on its relations with Latin America is “irresponsible” and “nonsensical.”

“We have taken note of the groundless accusations Secretary Pompeo leveled against China on the Venezuela issue. I would like to point out that China’s position on the Venezuela issue is clear and consistent. We are committed to upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as peace and stability in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.

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“US Secretary of State Pompeo’s attempts to slander China and sow discord between China and Latin American countries are irresponsible and nonsensical. We are strongly opposed to it,” he added.

Last Friday in Chile, as part of his four-nation Latin America tour that ended Sunday, Pompeo had accused China of “bankrolling” Maduro’s regime which has “helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country.” Pompeo reiterated U.S. calls for Maduro to step down.

While the U.S. and its allies have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of that country, China, Russia and Turkey have continued to maintain relations with the government of President Maduro.

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Refuting the U.S. Secretary of State’s “malicious” accusation, a furious Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu on Sunday said: “Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far”.

China on Monday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks that Beijing is partly to be blamed for the volatile political situation in Venezuela, saying Washington’s attempt to slander Beijing on its relations with Latin America is “irresponsible” and “nonsensical.”

“We have taken note of the groundless accusations Secretary Pompeo leveled against China on the Venezuela issue. I would like to point out that China’s position on the Venezuela issue is clear and consistent. We are committed to upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as peace and stability in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.

“US Secretary of State Pompeo’s attempts to slander China and sow discord between China and Latin American countries are irresponsible and nonsensical. We are strongly opposed to it,” he added.

Last Friday in Chile, as part of his four-nation Latin America tour that ended Sunday, Pompeo had accused China of “bankrolling” Maduro’s regime which has “helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country.” Pompeo reiterated U.S. calls for Maduro to step down.

While the U.S. and its allies have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of that country, China, Russia and Turkey have continued to maintain relations with the government of President Maduro.

Refuting the U.S. Secretary of State’s “malicious” accusation, a furious Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu on Sunday said: “Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far.”

 

Source URL: CGTN

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