China offers Venezuela help to restore power

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

Washington and its allies openly support Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself "interim president" back in January, following a wave of anti- and pro-government rallies.

With the power blackout in its sixth day, hospitals struggled to keep equipment running, food rotted in the tropical heat and exports from the country's main oil terminal were shut down.

The Venezuelan National Assembly, dominated by the opposition, has declared a state of alarm over the blackout that the Maduro government blamed on a USA cyber-attack and that plunged the struggling country into darkness and chaos for five days.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said China had noted reports that the power grid had gone down due to a hacking attack.

Lu said China was "very concerned" about reports of a cyber attack, but declined to directly blame the US.

He gave no details
He gave no details

"China hopes that the Venezuelan side can discover the reason for this issue as soon as possible and resume normal power supply and social order". France24 reports that blackouts are easing in some areas - and countries like China are now offering to help Venezuela make quick repairs - but the grid itself may be beyond salvaging.

Sky News chief correspondent in Caracas, Stuart Ramsey, reports that people in Venezuela are desperate to find water and that the capital doesn't have power yet to pump the water.

The water supply, the outlet reports, has been intermittent "for months", and was almost non-existent this past week, as the country struggled with blackouts - the result of a "catastrophic failure" at one of the country's largest hydroelectric plants, which had a domino effect on the country's power grid.

Maduro called for support from allies including Russian Federation and China as well as the United Nations in investigating the USA "cyber attack" he said was responsible for the blackout.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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