China’s ambassador to Mogadishu arrives in Somaliland for talks

The Chinese ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, has arrived in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa to meet the breakaway region’s leaders.

Jian’s trip to Hargeisa comes after Somaliland recently agreed to swap representative offices with Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of China.

The government in Beijing had strongly rejected the diplomatic ties between the two, insisting that Taiwan was part of China and could not enter into diplomatic relations with any entity on its own.

According to diplomatic sources, the Chinese government has been pressuring Somaliland to ditch Taiwan even before the public announcement of the new relations between Hargeisa and Taipei.