China Rejects New US Sanctions Against Venezuela, Calls for Internal Solutions

Posted August 29, 2017

"No military actions are anticipated in the near future", said U.S. national security advisor HR McMaster.

Venezuelan military train civilians how to handle weapons.

"The United States reiterates our call that Venezuela restore democracy, hold free and fair elections, release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and end the repression of the Venezuelan people". This comes after President Donald Trump said they are considering the "military option" to solve the political, humanitarian, and economic crisis that the Latin-American country is going through under Nicolas Maduro's regime.

"The present problem in Venezuela should be resolved by the Venezuelan government and people themselves", the Chinese official said at the news briefing.

China has rejected new US sanctions against Venezuela, calling for an end to foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the South American country and adding that unilateral sanctions have historically only complicated situations.

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It noted that the opposition's text clearly demonstrates that those who are politically opposed to the Bolivarian government are "openly servile to foreign interests and in accord with a military intervention in the country", according to AVN. But even with this being the case, the still dealing with oil exports from the country. This effort at economic isolation is at least a way of standing with the people of Venezuela, letting them know that their voices are heard, that the USA will not stand idly by as democracy crumbles - not here in our own hemisphere.

However, anti-government protests have dwindled in size since the constituent assembly was established through a controversial electoral process in July.

His Vice President Mike Pence later played down the threat, insisting that Washington was prioritising a diplomatic solution and economic sanctions.

The center right-led opposition and worldwide powers including the U.S. say he is turning Venezuela into a dictatorship. "Economic war, pressures and blackmail are illegal". As well, they are not allowed to made new transactions with the Venezuelan oil company, PDVSA, as the administration deems that such businesses fuel Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship. Since the Constituent Assembly was put together, they have targeted the nation's outspoken prosecutor and other members of the opposition to be removed or jailed for speaking out against President Maduro.

That could choke off access to NY debt markets and raise the risk of Venezuela being forced into default.