China said it is “willing to offer help” to the Venezuelan regime
China announced on Wednesday its willingness to offer “help and technical assistance” to the Venezuelan regime, after the South American country suffered the worst blackout in its history since last Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a press conference that “if the Venezuelan government has any need for help, China will offer it to the best of our ability.”
Lu said Beijing is “very concerned” about the blackouts and expressed hope that Venezuela “can find out the cause of this problem and restore power and social order.” For now, the Chavez regime is committed to ensuring that it is a sabotage devised by the United States, although it has not offered any evidence in this regard. In turn, the opposition claims that it is a consequence of the serious lack of maintenance of the service network.
“China is willing to offer assistance and technical assistance to Venezuela in this regard,” said the spokesman, without denying the hypothesis of the ruling party.
China is one of the great lenders of Venezuela and local firms have invested large sums in the South American country.
Maduro announced on Tuesday he will ask for help from the UN and its allies China, Cuba, Russia and Iran to investigate an alleged “cyberattack” that would have caused the blackout. For now, the Asian giant does not plan to send specialists to Venezuela.
With the blackout on its sixth day, hospitals tried to keep the equipment running, food could be heated and exports from the country’s main oil terminal were paralyzed. Electricity returned to many parts of Venezuela on Tuesday, including some areas that had no power since last Thursday, according to witnesses and social media. But the electricity grid was still falling in areas of Caracas and the region near the border with Colombia.
On January 24, the Chinese Foreign Ministry showed its support to Maduro, an ally of China, and condemned the “intrusion in internal affairs” by the US in the South American country.
However, on February 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China assured that the government “is maintaining close contacts with all parties” of the conflict in Venezuela “through various channels.”
China said it is "willing to offer help" to the Venezuelan regime - /10
China announced on Wednesday its willingness to offer "help and technical assistance" to the Venezuelan regime, after the South American country suffered the worst blackout in its history since last Thursday.