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Published 14 August 2017

Chinese officials said that in order for Venezuela to resolve its internal affairs, the government and opposition must talk peacefully.

The Chinese government has demanded “no interference in the internal affairs of states” after U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he was considering “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”

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Hua Chunying, China's Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry, stated that the government is cognizant of current affairs taking place throughout Latin America and said, "China maintains its principle: non-interference in the internal affairs of states. We believe that we must solve the problems based on respecting the sovereign equality of all states, not intervening in the internal affairs of nations."

Chinese officials also emphasized that in order for Venezuela to resolve its internal affairs, the government and opposition must proceed with peaceful dialogue to maintain stability in the country, according to EFE.

On July 30, the Bolivarian government held its National Constituent Assembly elections to do just that: foster a national dialogue to help quell four months of political unrest and modify the constitution with input from broad sectors of society. However, some sections of the opposition chose to boycott the process altogether.

The German government has also sharply criticized Washington's belligerent stance toward Venezuela in response to Trump's comments.

Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for Germany's executive branch, stated that Chancellor Angela Merkel desires a “peaceful solution” to Venezuela's crisis “through diplomacy.”

Uruguay has decried the U.S. government's warmongering rhetoric. While speaking to the press, Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez said that his government “emphatically and sharply” rejects Trump's opinion of a military intervention in Venezuela.

“Venezuela's problems must be resolved by the Venezuelan people, without foreign intervention, therefore, we emphatically and sharply reject the U.S. President's opinions.”

Venezuela Seeks Dialogue with US, But Ready to Defend Itself

Faced with threats of military action by Trump, the Venezuelan government reiterated its position to maintain a healthy dialogue with the United States based on international law, mutual respect, peace, and security in the region on Saturday.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza made the case clear during a meeting with Lee McClenny, the U.S. Chargé d'affaires in Venezuela.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Arreaza stated that threats against Venezuela and the region are “deeply hostile, disrespectful, condemnable, abject.”

However, Washington's record of finding peaceful solutions to political problems are anything but impressive. According to Global Research, the United States has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776: 224 out of 241 years has been marked by some type of U.S. military combat.

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