Venezuelan visas for the members of a Taiwanese unofficial
diplomatic delegation will not be renewed, reported Wednesday
the website of a Taiwanese newspaper.
For its part, the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted "unfriendly atmosphere" in Venezuela.
In addition, Taiwanese state oil company CPC Corp claimed that the Venezuelan government asked it to hand over its stake in two local deposits, AP quoted.
Taiwan has official diplomatic relations with 24 countries only. However, other nations, including Venezuela, allow for "trade offices." In this way, Taipei can elude China's provision as to only one of them should be acknowledged by diplomatic partners. Both countries split in 1949 in the aftermath of a civil war.
As part of its campaign to claim the island as the integral part of its territory, Beijing is exerting pressure on foreign governments for them not to give Taipei any sign of sovereignty.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.