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And you're with the world where a co production of the BBC World Service PRI and w h here in Boston. He's an ambassador without an embassy Venezuelan diplomat Carlos Vecchio, vacuous part of the diplomatic corps, representing one Guido self-declared interim president of Venezuela. This is not an easy gig for Mr. Vecchio Venezuela's. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro closed down his country's Washington embassy in January. So Vecchio is working in borrowed office space while he waits to get the keys to the embassy. He told me he's trying to get control of other Venezuelan assets for Guido's administration. I asked him for some examples Bank accounts, we need to protect that gold reserves. We need to protect that. And also public companies or corporations such as sid. Go we need to protect that as well. So that's what we are doing. And what is your concern that the Madero regime might? Just try and plunder all that before. They get pushed out of power. Yes. Absolutely. I mean, they have destroyed all what we have is any of that legal though. Because I mean as much as you want to recognize one Guido is the president you're in a constitutional crisis with two people arguing that they're in power. So I mean right now is it legal? And does it make sense to be doing this preemptive grab of Venezuela's assets? We have assets that belong to the Republic. I represent the Republican working on that are not also we have public entities, which are on their legal structures that we need to comply with certain regulations in each country on we need to do that. So we are needed government. We need to take on troll or those assets to preserve them for direct construction. Venezuelan to help them in a William people to stop, you know, our suffering. Yeah. There is enormous suspicion of the corruption around nNcholas Maduro, especially among the military leaders. One glide door, however, has offered those leaders amnesty. Do they deserve amnesty that amnesty law does not include crime against humanity? I'm people who have killed, you know, the Venezuelans on the street in the recent protests and demonstrations, okay, and we are just giving this to the officers will will help us to restore democracy, while we Wendy's to you know, to push harder in order to facilitate a transition in Venezuela. Mr. Vecchio, you're also bringing your own sort of pressure by attending President Trump state of the union address tonight as a guest of Senator Marco Rubio, what are you hoping to hear from Trump in particular when it comes to the possibility of US military intervention, are you hoping to hear Trump present that as a viable option for me? It's an honor being there deserve recognition of the corridor. Where people who have been fighting in minutes to recover our democracy. I'm expecting that. He will ratify what he said publicly. He is tens with the Venezuelan people in order to recover our democracy. And this is not a fight between the United States regime. This is a fight between the free world and dictatorship of Louisville which is. Controlled by what about military intervention, though, because that has been raised as a possibility that the US might send troops. Would you want to hear that would that disappoint you or worry you? We haven't discussed that. I don't get to that point. I hope we can resolve these peacefully. There's also the Cuba. Venezuela connection. I want to ask you about mister Vecchio national security adviser John Bolton as you may know has been especially vocal about this. The problem that makes it particularly cute in Venezuela is the control exercised by Cuban security forces. You know, in many respects that actually intimidate the Venezuelan military. It's not an accident that around the hemisphere people now, call the country Cuba's Walea because the Cubans are so much a part of the Madurai regime report suggests that in tonight's address, President Trump is gonna discuss Cuba, and suggests the regime in power there is sort of the power the hind president Madero. What about you? Do you see the same connections? Cuba is in Venezuela. Cuba. Is taking decision in Venezuela jointly with my and we need to liberate Venezuela normally from the dictatorship of me, but also from the Cuban regime. I mean, no doubt that Cubans are in Venezuela and supporting my girl, but I mean hasn't been corruption and mismanagement at the center of Venezuela's crisis is pointing the finger at Cuba, really missing the point. I think we'll be but both. I mean at the end of the day, the people are with us. And also we want that the military force will back the new president of Venezuela. The interim president Venezuela. I'm curious Carlos Vecchio. Do you have friends or relatives who support Madero I had just few? But I used to have many family members, you know, close to put in some way, but not anymore when you have conversations with them. I mean, how do those conversations go? I mean, how do they get? Or are you able to reason with one another just I want to keep the relationship with them? We don't discuss about politics. Okay. And I think they realized that this situation cannot continue as in Venezuela twenty three days before nobody knew network onto who was white though. And now, he's the most popular person in Venezuela. Carlos Vecchio Venezuela's new ambassador to the United States speaking with us from Washington. Thank you very much. Thank you. You. More woman more. On US college campuses about a third of international students are Chinese. So last month an incident at Duke University reverberated widely a graduate program director sent a memo to Chinese students. The director said some of them had been heard speaking Chinese loudly, and she warned that some professors wouldn't want these students as interns. So she advised them to speak English, quote, one hundred percent of the time the memo blew up online, and drew a lot of attention and scorn the program director step down. Duke administrators apologize and said the situation was being reviewed the Chinese foreign ministry. Also took notice a spokesman said that the memo might not have been appropriate as the world's Rupa Shenoy reports. US universities may have reason to worry about repercussions from the incident for Chinese families, sending a student to the US is costly Alexandra should didn't wanna do it her mom mater. She thought it was the only way I would get. Job. So we thought about it. And I lost. Show became part of a major phenomena, and then US higher education over the last decade. The number of Chinese students studying in the US more than tripled. Sure started at Boston University in two thousand twelve studying broadcast journalism, she roomed with Chinese friends and adopted a western name like a lot of Chinese students. My accent was okay. My problem was that would America's talk to me. They would say that. I would have no problem understanding anything that they would say when in reality. She didn't understand much. Sure. Stuck with her Chinese friends and that didn't help her English? Whether we want to admit it or not a lot of us definitely have problems with keeping it up academically because of the language barrier when a very large minority, you tend to cluster among yourselves does create such a dynamics that people elsewhere on campus might react to Linda limbs. The university of Michigan International business. Professor. She says some people may feel like Chinese students are kinda show offi because they're the biggest international group on many campuses. And also because some of them are wealthy, you know, rich kids of any nationality, including first of all Americans. So they wait around, you know, they drive fancy caused a car here. And there and limb says seeing Chinese people like that can be surprising for some Americans, perhaps not just Americans with a lot of westerners might have had a very recent view of China being a poor country. And therefore, it's kind of jarring to them to see Chinese whom they think are should be. Richard and damn Americans already have a bad rap when it comes to tolerating languages other than English. Susan blooms and Athar apology, professor at the university of Notre Dame, the US tends to celebrate mono-lingualism in mid nineteenth century, for example. Many American leaders expressed concern that German immigrants and their children weren't speaking English. Same thing with talion in the early twentieth century and Spanish speakers in recent decades, if the US gets a reputation for discouraging people from speaking Chinese it could be a big problem for American higher Ed because American colleges and universities are in a global race to attract.