China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed Beijing’s recognition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while speaking at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.
“President Xi Jinping’s special envoy attended the inauguration ceremony of President Maduro. If we didn’t recognize him, why did we need to attend it?” the Foreign Affairs spokesperson asked rhetorically.
Earlier today, the Chinese spokesperson also criticized the fresh US sanctions imposed on Venezuela and warned that they would worsen living conditions in the South American country, adding that the US will bear responsibility for any “serious consequences” of the sanctions.
The political crisis over Venezuela escalated last Wednesday when opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido swore himself in as interim president. Within 24 hours, a number of countries, including the United States, recognised Guaido’s presidency.