China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's was on Regular
Press Conference on September 23, 2021. In his press conference, he has
reflected the China’s stand on US new sanction against Ethiopia. Here is the
China's embassy in Norway website posted on how the China Foreign Minister spokesman responded for
the question, concerned Ethiopia.
Shenzhen TV: US President Biden signed an Executive Order a few days ago
authorizing a new sanctions regime regarding the conflict in Ethiopia. I wonder
if China has any comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: China opposes the new US sanctions regime on Ethiopia.
China always holds that international law and basic norms governing
international relations must be adhered to in state-to-state relations. We
oppose the wanton exertion of pressure through sanctions or the threat of
imposing sanctions to interfere in other countries' internal affairs. The US
should prudently handle relevant issues and play a constructive role in
restoring peace and stability in the country.
Ethiopia is China's important cooperation partner in Africa. We believe
that the parties concerned in Ethiopia have the wisdom and capability to
properly resolve internal differences. It is our sincere hope that Ethiopia
could realize national reconciliation and restore peace and stability at an
On the other side, today, September 24,2021 Bloomberg wrote the
following on the China's stand regarding the US sanction against Ethiopia.
Bloomberg Report concerning China's respond against US sanction on Ethiopia.September 24,2021
criticized a U.S. threat to impose sanctions on Ethiopia over a conflict in the
Horn of Africa nation, saying the government has the ability to resolve its own
issues without foreign interference.
“We oppose the wanton
exertion of pressure through sanctions or the threat of imposing sanctions to
interfere in other countries’ internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing Wednesday. “The U.S. should prudently
handle relevant issues and play a constructive role in restoring peace and
stability in the country.”
Biden last week authorized the Department of Treasury and the State
Department to pursue individuals and entities in Ethiopia and Eritrea involved
in the conflict that erupted in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in November.
The U.S. threat of sanctions aims to bring
warring parties to the negotiating table.China is Ethiopia’s biggest bilateral
lender, with $6.5 billion in loans, or 23% of the total public debt burden of $27.8
billion, according to World Bank data. China is co-chairing a creditor
committee that seeks to reorganize Ethiopia’s external debt.
The conflict in Ethiopia
erupted when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered his military to respond to an
attack by Tigrayan state forces on a federal military base. Troops from neighbouring
Eritrea supported Abiy’s army in a conflict that has left more than 5 million
people in need of humanitarian assistance. No fuel or medicine has been
delivered to Tigray since Aug. 16.
Abiy is expected to form a new government in October, after a landslide win by his political party in elections earlier this year. Zhao said China wants Ethiopia to “realize national reconciliation and restore peace and stability at an early date.”
Source: China Embassy in Norway and Bloomberg