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China offers to help Venezuela fix its power grid

Beijing still recognizes Maduro as president while US backs opposition leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro to Beijing in September.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has offered to help Venezuela restore its failed power grid, while backing President Nicolas Maduro's claim that nearly a week of blackouts were caused by sabotage.

"China is willing to provide assistance and technical support for recovery of the power system," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday.

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