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Chavez supports China on Tibet, accuses US of trying to 'sabotage' Olympics

May 12, 2008

The Associated Press
Saturday, May 10, 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is condemning
pro-Tibet protests and backing China ahead of the Olympics in Beijing.

The socialist president accuses the U.S. government of trying to
"sabotage" the upcoming Olympic Games and of aiding protests focused
on Tibet. Chavez says he will back China against what he sees as a
"secessionist" attempt in Tibet.

The U.S. considers Tibet a part of China and says it is concerned
about violence in Tibet but will refrain from meddling in China's
internal affairs.

Chavez spoke Friday night after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Hui
Liangyu. Venezuelan and Chinese officials also signed cooperative accords.
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