China has defended Russia’s recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid U.S. statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington.
White House national security adviser John Bolton tweeted Monday that the U.S. “will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling” within the Western Hemisphere. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Washington “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela,” according to State Department.
Asked about these developments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a press briefing Tuesday that “countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Latin American countries, are all sovereign states,”so “they have the right to determine their own foreign policy and their way to engage in mutually beneficial cooperation with countries of their own choosing.”
“Latin American affairs are not a certain country’s exclusive business, nor is Latin America a certain country’s backyard,” he added.
Moreover the Chinese Foreign Ministry invoked the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence which are:
- Mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
- Mutual non-aggression.
- Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
- Equality and cooperation for mutual benefit.
- Peaceful co-existence.
China recently declined to allow Guadio, the self-proclaimed “interim president” of an “interim” that doesn’t exist, to represent Venezuela at the 60th annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank which was supposed to be held in China, after which the US called off the meeting altogether.