China Fumes as Somaliland Refuses to Unfriend Taiwan

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

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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