"The cooperation between China and Latin America is based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. It is focused on common development. China has made a significant contribution to the economic development and the improvement of living conditions of peoples of Latin America… State Secretary Pompeo’s statements regarding China’s relations with Latin American countries are baseless slander and deliberate provocation, his statements are meaningless and unfounded. We strongly oppose this," Lu said at a briefing.
The diplomat stressed that China's position on the situation in Venezuela remained unchanged and corresponded to the principles of the UN Charter.
Russia and China have been among the countries that voiced their support for Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's only legitimate president after US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido illegally declared himself the country's interim president in January. The United States and many other countries immediately endorsed Guaido and called on Maduro to step down. The Venezuelan president, in turn, accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup in order to bring to power Guaido, whom he calls "a US puppet".