Sunday, January 14, 2024

Ethiopia-Somaliland Deal, Position of China and US, and Red Sea Implications

 The South China Morning Post published on 14 January 2024 an article titled "China Set to Stay on Neutral Ground as a Red Sea Storm Brews Over Ethiopia's Port Deal with Somalia" by Jevans Nyabiage.  

China supports the territorial integrity of Somalia and urges that countries in the Horn of Africa resolve their disagreement over the recent Ethiopia-Somaliland Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) through dialogue. The US position is similar.  The MOU introduces, however, a new complicating factor in the politics of the countries in the Horn of Africa and those bordering the Red Sea.