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How Did China Do in Its First Horn of Africa Peace Conference?

China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, wrapped up a two-day peace conference in Addis Ababa last week, Beijing's first-ever effort to mediate conflicts outside of Asia. Xue personally offered to serve as a broker to help resolve ...

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

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 Horn of Africa Conference Reveals the Limits of Mediation Role

The China-led peace conference for the Horn of Africa was both a big step for China and a bit of a damp squib. The conference, which concluded on Tuesday, was China’s most prominent attempt at promoting its version of developmental peace in Africa since its ...

UK’s New Special Envoy Signals Contrast to China’s Approach in the Horn of Africa

The United Kingdom has announced that it’s appointing a special envoy to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region. Sarah Montgomery has experience in the Persian Gulf, Iran and Yemen.  She will be the third special ...

China Kicks Off HoA Conference With Offer to Mediate Regional Conflicts

China's Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa (HoA), Xue Bing, opened a two-day peace conference in Addis Ababa on Monday with an unexpected offer that he would personally make himself available to mediate some of the conflicts currently roiling the region. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Great Changes Unseen in a Century (and Frequently Ignored Now)

Big things are happening in the world, but don’t expect me to tell you what they are. 

Like many South Africans, I’ve been a little distracted these days. The country’s notorious electricity situation has worsened to blackouts three times a day. People like me, whose work depends on internet access, migrate across the city every few hours to cafes and other workplaces that still have power. All the time, Johannesburg ...

Will China Bring Stability to the Horn of Africa?

Lukas Fiala Early next week, Ethiopia will host a China-sponsored Horn of Africa peace conference – the first of its kind. Taking place at the China-financed African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, the event will be a key opportunity for Beijing ...

Briefing Gives Rare Public Glimpse into China’s Positioning on Ethiopian War

Ethiopia’s ambassador to China, Teshome Toga, briefed the Chinese think tank the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) on the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia on Wednesday. While this kind of briefing isn’t news per se, it does provide a rare glimpse into how Chinese positions ...

African Ambassadors to China and UN Officials in Horn of Africa Hold Talks

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, Siddharth Chatterjee, convened an online forum on Monday that included his peers from UN missions throughout the Horn of Africa (HoA) and a group of HoA ambassadors in Beijing as well as the envoy from the African Union.

Foreign Intervention is the Root Cause of Conflict in the Horn of Africa Says China’s Special Envoy

Foreign intervention more than anything else is to blame for the current instability in the Horn of Africa (HoA), according to Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the region. Xue made the remarks during a small press ...

New Data Reveals COVID’s Impact on Chinese Engagement in MENA and Horn of Africa

By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project's newly-updated China-Medittereanean dataset provides the first insights into the impact that COVID has had on Chinese engagement in the Middle East & North Africa as well as the Horn of Africa regions. The ...
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