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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on March 13, 2019 | Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

Published 13 March 2019

According to the Venezuelan government, this power outage was brought about by foreign-backed actions aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian nation.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday, during a press conference, that his government stands ready to provide assistance and technical support to restore power in Venezuela.

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“Reports say that this accident was caused by cyber attacks on Venezuela's power grid. The Chinese side is concerned over this and hopes that the Venezuelan side will identify the cause and restore normal power supply and social order as soon as possible,” the Chinese government official said. 

China’s offer comes as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated Tuesday that his government will ask support from the United Nations, and countries with experience in similar  attacks such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba, adding that a special Committee will form to investigate the sabotage to the Guri hydroelectric plant which will incorporate a team of international experts. 

As the nation-wide blackout reached its fifth day, Vice-president of Communication and Tourism of Venezuela Jorge Rodriguez informed Tuesday that the electric service in the country has been restored almost in its entirety. While Minister of Water Attention of Venezuela, Evelyn Vasquez, said that water supply throughout the territory will progressively return. 

According to the Venezuelan government, this power outage was brought about by foreign-backed actions aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian nation. President Maduro assured that the attacks came from two U.S. cities, Houston and Chicago and that they have proof of how the sabotage was perpetrated. 

Despite this and a series of interventionist remarks made by U.S. Senators and high ranking officials, the Venezuelan government informed Wednesday that it hopes to normalize diplomatic relations with the North American country, hoping the UN will serve as a mediator.

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ratifies its inalterable disposition to maintain communication channels and dialogue with the Government of the United States, as long as these are carried out within the framework of equality and mutual respect,” tweeted Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Tuesday night.


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