China urges U.S. to correct mistake on Venezuela-related sanctions

China urged the United States on Tuesday to correct its mistake and lift all illegal sanctions, after Washington imposed Venezuela-related sanctions targeting a Chinese firm. 

China supports Venezuelan efforts to defend its sovereignty and is opposed to abusing international sanctions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

China will take necessary measures to safeguard companies' rights and interests, she said.

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Monday on Chinese firm China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation, accusing it of supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to restrict internet service to undermine democracy. Venezuela's Foreign Ministry called the move "illegal" and said in a statement it was aimed at "isolating the country and generating difficulties for the Venezuelan population."

(With input from Reuters)