UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In the midst of a trade war with the United States followed by the sale of arms to Taiwan, Beijing reportedly sent troops to Venezuela.
Chinese troops have recently been sighted inside Venezuela, Conflicts News Worldwide reported in a Tweet published on Sunday, July 14.
The conflict observer said the Chinese troops were in the Fuerte Tiuna region of Venezuela, adding that some reports said the soldiers were participating in an educational exchange between the Chinese and Venezuelan special forces.
— CNW (@ConflictsW) July 14, 2019
The Chinese government claimed that it had not sent any force to Venezuela to defend the country or to take part in military action. While China and Venezuela maintain close relations, including economic and political cooperation.
This would be a response from the Chinese government to the trade war sparked by Washington, but also the sale of US-made weapons in Taiwan, a province claimed by China, which considers it the most sensitive issue in the world. its relations with the United States. Beijing went further by announcing on Friday sanctions against US companies involved in the agreement to sell $ 2.2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan.
The Chinese government and companies will sever trade relations with US companies selling arms to Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Reuters as saying on Monday (July 15th), and declined to give details of possible sanctions. aggravate already bleak relations with Washington.
On the backdrop of Sino-US disputes, Reuters announced today that Venezuela’s opposition is ready to return to Barbados to continue its discussions with President Nicolas Maduro’s government as part of efforts to resolve the political crisis that has occurred. has hit the country since January.
The two sides met in the Caribbean island last week as part of the talks led by Norway, but returned Thursday for consultations without announcing an agreement.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s communications team said on Twitter that the delegation was coming back “to make a change that will put an end to the suffering of Venezuelans”.
The Venezuelan opposition is wary of Maduro, arguing that Maduro has previously used the dialogue to stabilize its power and could therefore implement its tactics.
After calling Maduro’s re-election in 2018 a fraud, in early 2019 Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency. Maduro calls Guaido “the puppet of the United States”, incumbent on him the economic problems due to the American sanctions intended to force him to leave his office, judged Reuters.
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