China says U.S. criticism of its role in Latin America is "slanderous"

China says U.S. criticism of its role in Latin America is "slanderous"
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China on Monday condemning as “slanderous” criticism U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made of Beijing’s policies in South America, saying countries there would soon see who their “true friend” was, ONAreports citing Reuters.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a briefing in Beijing that such comments were “lies”.

“U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, on China-Latin America relations, is wantonly slanderous, deliberately instigating, irresponsible, and unreasonable. We strongly oppose this,” Lu said.

“For a long time, the United States has regarded Latin America as its own backyard, and pressured, threatened and even toppled other countries’ political regimes,” he said, adding that countries in the region would soon understand who was their “true friend”.

Note that U.S. Secretary of State, Pompeo on Friday, during a three-day trip to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, accused China of aiding Venezuela’s economic collapse by bankrolling President Nicolas Maduro as the country spirals into deepening political crisis.

Pompeo labeled China hypocritical for calling for non-intervention in Venezuela when he said China’s own “financial interventions have helped destroy the country”.

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