BEIJING – The Chinese foreign ministry asked the United States on Monday to not interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs after US President Donald Trump threatened military intervention following a political crisis in Venezuela.
Spokesperson Hua Chunying stressed in a press conference that countries should base bilateral ties on equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
“China always follows the principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries,” he added.
China, which had so far refrained from commenting on the spiraling political crisis in the Latin American country, also hoped the Venezuelan government and the opposition will be able to initiate peaceful dialogue to maintain stability in the country.
China’s statement comes after Trump brought up Friday the possibility of military intervention in Venezuela.
Over the last decade, China has emerged as one of the most important trading partners of Venezuela, a country which, given China’s interests in its oil reserves, has become the main destination for its investments in Latin America.