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WEEK IN REVIEW: China, For the First Time, Will Convene A Horn of Africa (HoA) Conference

File image of Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China, for the first time, will convene a Horn of Africa (HoA) conference between June 20th and 22nd in Addis Ababa.  China’s new Special Envoy for HoA, Xue Bing, announced during a tour in March that Beijing would organize such a conference in the first half of the year but since then there’ve been no details. The Chinese conference comes just as the U.S. appointed former ambassador to the DRC, Mike Hammer, to be HoA Special Envoy — the third such appointment in 18 months. (SUDAN TRIBUNE)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his 10-day South Pacific tour on Saturday in Timor-Leste, Southeast Asia’s youngest nation. Wang signed four standard agreements with Timorese counterpart Adaljiza Magno on agriculture, media partnerships and economic and technical cooperation. Unlike other stops on his tour, no military or security matters were raised in Dili. (AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE)

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