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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Wang Wenbin on John Bolton

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson of the People's Republic of China Wang Wenbin weighed in on former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton's Venezuelan coup remarks.

On July 13 Bolton spoke on CNN of trying to orchestrate a coup in Venezuela. We reported on the remarks and the Venezuelan response: Venezuela's National Assembly condemns John Bolton's coup remarks (

CCTV: John Bolton, former White House national security adviser, said earlier in an interview that he had helped plan coups in foreign countries. There are media reports saying that it is very common for the US to instigate coups in other countries. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: I noted that when this former senior US official mentioned his experience planning coups in foreign countries, he spoke unashamedly and was even proud of it. This means overthrowing foreign governments is deep in the bones of how the US conducts its foreign policy. 
Lindsey A. O’Rourke, an Assistant Professor at Boston College wrote in her book Covert Regime Change: America’s Secret Cold War that the US engaged in 64 covert attempts and six open attempts at regime change between 1947 and 1989. The US’s acts of regime change remain unchecked even after the end of the Cold War. For years, the US has created political unrest in Latin America, played a part in the “Arab Spring”, and instigated color revolutions in Europe and Asia. Senior US officials even went to the streets themselves in some of those countries to support opposition forces in stoking political confrontation. 
Bolton’s admission is so revealing. Leading US politicians trumpet the so-called “rules-based international order” for one purpose: to ensure that the US can easily interfere in other countries’ affairs and overthrow their governments at its own will. This is exactly the kind of “rules” and “order” that people like Bolton want absolutely to defend. The people of the world, however, will not let them. 


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