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Ethiopian Coast Deal Reunite China and Somalia

Chinese ambassador Fei Shengchao meeting Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Image: X

China expressed support for the government of Somalia amid a controversy about a deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland, which Mogadishu views as a breakaway province.

In early January, the governments of Ethiopia and Somaliland announced they signed a memorandum of understanding that would give landlocked Ethiopia commercial and naval access to 20km of Somaliland’s coast. The 50-year lease deal would include official recognition of the restive region.

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