China Fumes Over Somaliland’s Warm Ties With Taiwan

Few African regions have the nerve to say no to China. Independence-minded Somaliland is one.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said the U.S. will not let China isolate Taiwan and that her trip was meant to show a “strong relationship built on the status quo.” Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

HARGEISA, Somaliland—Shortly after a fire destroyed the biggest market in this independence-minded region of Somalia, a senior Chinese diplomat asked permission to visit to pay his respects.

Fei Shengchao, Beijing’s ambassador to Somalia, told Somaliland authorities he wanted to discuss how China could help mitigate the impact of the disaster, which devastated the local economy, and aid victims of Covid-19 and the East African drought.

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