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China-Somalia Ties Appear on the Mend After Mogadishu Broke With Beijing on Xinjiang

Xue Bing, Chinese special envoy for the Horn of Africa, met with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on March 25, 2024. Image via @TheVillaSomalia.

China’s point man for the Horn of Africa, Special Envoy Xue Bing, wrapped up a two-day visit to Mogadishu on Tuesday, during which he met separately with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.

The President thanked Xue for China’s “support of Somalia’s territorial integrity” — a reference to Ethiopia’s decision in January to sign a sea access deal with Somaliland, which Mogadishu worries could lead Addis Ababa to become the first country to formally recognize the breakaway region.

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