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China's support for Ethiopian government complicates ties with Egypt

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Ethiopia to show his nation’s support for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has put China’s relationship with Egypt to the test.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with former Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, China, Oct. 30, 2019.

CAIRO — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Ethiopia Dec. 1 and held talks with his Ethiopian counterpart, Demeke Mekonnen. At a press conference following the talks, Wang asserted his country rejects any foreign interference in Ethiopia's internal affairs. He further affirmed China’s opposition to any attempts to impose external political interest on Ethiopian domestic affairs and its fervent support to the Ethiopian government and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

In turn, Mekonnen reiterated the Ethiopian government's commitment to fostering robust ties with China and playing a pivotal role in bilateral and multilateral fields.

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