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China’s Uphill Battle Fostering Stability in the Horn of Africa

Xue Bing, China Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa looks on during the first Horn of Africa peace conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 20, 2022. Amanuel Sileshi / AFP

By Lukas Fiala

On Monday and Tuesday this week, Ethiopia hosted a China-sponsored Horn of Africa Peace Governance and Development conference – the first of its kind. Taking place at the China-financed African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, the event signalled China’s willingness to sponsor regional dialogue on African security issues. Given the strategic importance of the Horn, the conference unsurprisingly attracted wide-spread attention.

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