Announcement came as a U.S. envoy was due to arrive in Ethiopia

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Thursday that Beijing would appoint a special envoy to the Horn of Africa, signalling his country’s intention to play a greater role in the conflict-torn region.

The announcement came as a U.S. envoy was due to arrive in Ethiopia to encourage talks to end war in the country’s north.

Mr. Wang, on a three-nation tour of Africa, said China wanted to encourage dialogue to overcome peace and security challenges plaguing the Horn.

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