Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro met with China’s envoy to Latin America, Cai Wei, on Tuesday in Caracas to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, Maduro announced on social media.
The visit — to a rival leader in the United States in a country about 1,000 miles away — follows a meeting between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen that sparked outrage from Beijing and its communist allies.
Maduro’s official Twitter account shared A Venezuelan press snapshot of the leader’s meeting with Cai on Tuesday showing Maduro receiving the envoy with “Venezuela’s Minister of Communications and Information Freddy Ñáñez, [and Maduro’s son] Deputy Nicolás Maduro Guerra,” as identified by Venezuela’s Orinoco Tribune.
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) August 2, 2022
“Earlier on Monday, Wei attended a meeting with the Venezuela-China Friendship Parliamentary Group at the Federal Legislative Building. National Assembly deputy Nicolás Maduro Guerra, who leads the group, said the meeting reaffirmed the brotherhood of the two nations, “forged in solidarity and dignified resistance,” the Orinoco Tribune reported.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Carlos Faria also met with Cai, the director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Latin American division, separately on Aug. 2, according to the Venezuelan newspaper. Ultimas Noticias mentionted.
1/2 We meet with the General Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Chinese Chancellery, Cai Wei. Our towns ratify the path of brotherhood, solidarity and mutual cooperation. ¡Venezuela and China continue fortificando sus relaciones bilaterales. pic.twitter.com/ygjK81WX38
— Carlos Faria (@Fariacrt) August 2, 2022
“We met with the Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cai Wei. Our peoples endorse the path of brotherhood, solidarity and mutual cooperation. Venezuela and China will continue to strengthen their bilateral relations,” said Faria He wrote in a Twitter post documenting the Aug. 2 talks.
“Our peoples endorse the path of brotherhood, solidarity and mutual cooperation. Venezuela and China will continue to strengthen their bilateral relations,” he said, adding: “We stand for peace and are steadfast in building a multicenter and multipolar world!”
Maduro has overseen a socialist regime that has ruled Venezuela since 1999, first under the late dictator Hugo Chavez. The western world has was shown Maduro’s rule as illegitimate since around 2018 after his re-election through a presidential election fraught with allegations of fraud.
Venezuela’s August 2 reception of the Chinese Foreign Ministry delegation likely served as Beijing’s attempt to project a strong image abroad ahead of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week. The visit angered Beijing, which considers Taiwan a province of China that should “reunitewith the “mainland”, or China.
Taiwan is an independent island nation located off the southeast coast of China. It operates successfully on the basis of its own constitution and democratically elected government. Pelosi became the highest-ranking US government official to visit Taiwan in 25 years when she landed in the national capital, Taipei, on August 2. Her visit to Taiwan ended on August 3.
The US government has historically adhered to the “Taiwan Agreement,” which is an informal name for a policy that describes Beijing and Washington’s relationship with Taipei. America officially maintains diplomatic ties with China, not Taiwan as a matter of policy.
The Taiwan Relations Act, passed by the US Congress in 1979, supports the “Taiwan Agreement”. The legislation “makes clear that the US decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing rather than Taiwan is based on the expectation that Taiwan’s future will be determined through peaceful means,” Reuters said. reminded in October 2021.
“While this act commits the United States to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, Washington only recognizes China’s position that the island belongs to it and that there is ‘one China’ and does not take a position on Taiwan’s sovereignty,” according to the news agency.