Is China defeating US in Ethiopia?
African media outlets reported victory of the
Ethiopian army over the Tigris front and the liberation of several cities from
US-backed rebel control last week, a development that indicates forces backed by
China are pushing back American-supported rebels.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the war at first glance, and the federal government's success in suppressing an internal insurgency needs a deeper look at the central government in Addis Ababa, because control over the one-year insurgency is a victory for China's new ally. And it will be Beijing's growing influence in the Horn of Africa and the beginning of the failure of American policies in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is China's most prominent economic partner in Africa.
China has launched about 1,000 projects with more than $ 14 billion in investment, particularly in the industrial city of Hawassa, south of Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia has grown by 10% due to Chinese investment over the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to Ethiopia twenty days ago amid the civil war is a clear indication of Beijing's concern about destabilization in the Horn of Africa, a strategic region where Ethiopia is a key pillar of security.
China has many strategic interests in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. Due to the benefits of the Red Sea coast, these countries have a permanent supervision on the route leading to the Suez Canal, one of the most important routes of world trade. In addition, they have rich resources and mines and cheap labor.
China's policy in support of the Ethiopian federal government sent a clear message to African governments that Beijing would not abandon its African allies in times of crisis, especially as the Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to Ethiopia coincided with the eighth session of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
Along with China's success in maintaining the stability of its ally, recent US actions against the Ethiopian federal government have proven that the United States is sacrificing its allies for its policies.
Withdrawal of US diplomats from Addis Ababa, constant threatening of the Ethiopian federal government and inciting the Sudanese army to clash with the Ethiopian army in the border areas, and pressure from US officials and its European allies on the Abiy Ahmed's government as well as widespread US and European media hypes in lying and distorting the facts and Washington's overt support for the Tigris Front were examples of US efforts to weaken the Ethiopian federal government and prepare for the disintegration of one of Africa's largest and most powerful nations.
The revelation of the US plan against Addis Ababa led to the official protest of the Ethiopian officials and the demonstrations by the Ethiopian people; when unprecedented screams of death to America were heard.
Now, with the successive victories of the central government, it can be said that from now on, the relations of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with China, which has proved its loyalty, will increase sharply, and the United States will lose its influence in the future developments of the Horn of Africa.
Abiy Ahmed's remarks during his visit to Turkey a few days ago and praising Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed that in the future, the main rivalry in Ethiopia will be between China and Turkey, and that the United States will no longer have its former position in that country.
Other regional rivals, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are expected to take action in Ethiopia in the coming weeks to advance their interests in the Horn of Africa.