China calls for talks, but Guaido has US in­ter­ven­tion in mind

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - World - Agen­cies

BEI­JING/CARA­CAS: China in­sists that peace­ful di­a­logue and po­lit­i­cal means are the “only way” to­wards en­dur­ing peace in Venezuela, the for­eign min­istry said, adding that it backs multi­na­tional ef­forts to reach such an out­come.

China’s for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing’s state­ment came in re­sponse to a ques­tion about a meet­ing on Thurs­day of an “In­ter­na­tional Con­tact Group” led by Uruguay Pres­i­dent Tabare Vazquez and at­tended by the lead­ers of 14 coun­tries.

China is a close ally of Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro, to whom it has lent bil­lions to help shore up his em­bat­tled regime.

Hua said, “China be­lieves that Venezuela’s af­fairs should be re­solved by the Venezue­lan peo­ple un­der the frame­work of its con­sti­tu­tion and laws and through peace­ful di­a­logue and po­lit­i­cal means. This is the only way to­wards en­dur­ing peace in the coun­try.”

Venezuela’s self-pro­claimed act­ing pres­i­dent Juan Guaido, how­ever, re­fused to rule out on Fri­day the pos­si­bil­ity of au­tho­ris­ing Amer­i­can-led in­ter­ven­tion to help re­move Maduro from power.

Na­tional Assem­bly leader Guaido told AFP he would do “ev­ery­thing that is nec­es­sary... to save hu­man lives”, ac­knowl­edg­ing that US in­ter­ven­tion is “a very con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject”.

The op­po­si­tion leader re­cently launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declar­ing him­self in­terim pres­i­dent, a move recog­nised by the US.

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