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China to re-open embassy in Somalia after 23-year absence: Beijing

Published on Jun 30, 2014 7:04 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China will re-open its embassy in strife-torn Somalia after a 23-year absence, it said on Monday, as Beijing extends its diplomatic and resources push into Africa.

Beijing and Mogadishu established diplomatic ties in 1960, but China withdrew its diplomatic personnel and shut down its mission as the East African country descended into civil war in 1991.

The two maintained diplomatic relations despite the lack of a physical embassy.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fled fixed positions in Mogadishu three years ago, and have since lost most large towns to a 22,000-strong United Nations-backed African Union force, fighting alongside government soldiers.

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