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

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 ...

Three Chinese Warships Make a Port of Call in Tanzania

A trio of PLA Navy warships arrived in Tanzania over the weekend for a five-day port of call. The ships are part of the 45th Naval Taskforce, which takes part in multinational anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.

China’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Convenes Regional Ambassador Gathering in Beijing

China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (HOA), Xue Bing, convened a meeting of HOA diplomatic envoys in Beijing as part of more extensive discussions in preparation for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that will take place later this year.

Ethiopia Restates Support for One-China Policy Amid Somaliland Spat

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry issued a statement reaffirming its support for the One China Policy. This follows China expressing support for Somalia after Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in exchange for diplomatic recognition. Ethiopia reportedly wants to build a naval base and commercial port ...

Ethiopian Coast Deal Reunite China and Somalia

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Xi-Mohamud Handshake Proves Opposing China on Xinjiang Isn’t a Diplomatic Death Sentence for Small Countries

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was one of at least a dozen heads of state to do a brief meet-and-greet with Xi Jinping during the China-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The interaction was wholly unremarkable, but the ...

Three African Countries Sign Canadian-led Joint Statement on Human Rights in Xinjiang

The bitter debate over human rights in Xinjiang flared anew this week at the United Nations when Canada's UN ambassador Bob Rae read a joint statement on behalf of 50 countries at a meeting of the General Assembly’s human rights committee. The joint ...

Taiwanese Troops to Serve in Somaliland

For the first time, the disputed African region of Somaliland will be included in 14 countries and territories that will host Taiwanese soldiers as part of an alternative directive that allows them to do their national military service overseas. Somaliland has been lobbying for independence from Somalia, ...

China’s Messaging to Africa on Xinjiang in Action

The meeting this week between a group of African journalists and Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat to Africa, became an example of how Chinese government officials use direct engagement with reporters as a messaging tool. China has cultivated ...

New Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Joins Multinational Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden

The People's Liberation Army Navy's 42nd naval escort taskforce began operations in the Gulf of Aden last Saturday as part of the 14-year-long multinational anti-piracy campaign off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. The newly-arrived Chinese vessels replaced ...
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