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The BBC's Jim Fish
"China's relations with Venezuela are expanding rapidly"
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Monday, 16 April, 2001, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Venezuela supports China's human rights record

The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, says his country would oppose any censure of China or Cuba at the United Nations for their human rights record.

Mr Chavez said he didn't believe any country should be able to condemn another.

Correspondents say this is a clear reference to the United States and the Czech Republic, which are sponsoring motions against China and Cuba respectively at the UN's Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The commission is expected to vote this week on the motions. Mr Chavez was speaking during a visit to Venezuela by the Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who's in Caracas on the last leg of a six-country Latin American tour.

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