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ChinaEthiopia was never colonized and along with China has a long imperial history. China’s imperial period came to an end with the fall of the Qing dynasty and formation of the Republic of China as a constitutional republic in 1912. The overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 by a left-wing military junta ended Ethiopia’s empire. In 1970, four years before the end of Ethiopia’s empire, the People’s Republic of China established formal diplomatic relations with Haile Selassie’s imperial government.

Although China and Ethiopia have imperial backgrounds, they only became well acquainted after both of them became republics. In the early years, this relationship grew modestly and only began to surge in the mid-1990s when the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi encouraged closer ties with China to tap into its financial resources and balance close ties with Western countries, particularly the United States. Today, China is arguably Ethiopia’s most important bilateral economic partner.

While Ethiopia now exports few natural resources of strategic interest to China, it is important for other reasons. With a population of about 90 million people, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa after Nigeria. It serves as the headquarters for the African Union. China provided $200 million in grant assistance and built the new African Union conference center, which came complete with a traditional Chinese-style garden. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which China supports, has moved to Addis Ababa and the UN Economic Commission for Africa has its headquarters there. Ethiopia has one of the strongest militaries in Africa and, although landlocked, serves as a regional center for the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia Eventually Recognizes China

The Republic of China’s (ROC) Chiang Kai-shek government publicly supported Emperor Haile Selassie during the 1936-1941 invasion of Ethiopia by fascist Italy. The ROC was one of the few countries that did not recognize the Italian occupation. Although Ethiopia never recognized the ROC, it appreciated this support and was reluctant to recognize the People’s Republic of China (PRC) following the 1949 victory on the mainland by Mao Zedong. A close ally of the United States in the years following the end of World War II, Haile Selassie sent troops to Korea in the early 1950s. Ethiopian and American forces fought side-by-side with South Korea against Chinese troops who entered the war on the side of North Korea.

As Mao Zedong solidified control over China and the importance of the PRC became increasingly apparent, Ethiopia pursued an ambiguous policy on diplomatic recognition. It accepted agricultural assistance from Taiwan while a PRC cultural mission visited in 1956. The PRC and Ethiopia established trade relations the following year. Ethiopia supported Taiwan in the United Nations from 1950 to 1958, abstained in 1959 and supported Beijing thereafter. Ethiopia sent a cultural delegation to the PRC in 1961, signed an agreement to exchange journalists in 1962 and permitted China’s official news agency, Xinhua, to open an office in Addis Ababa. Premier Zhou Enlai visited Ethiopia in 1964, when China mistakenly thought Haile Selassie was prepared to recognize the PRC.

China’s support for the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), which beginning in the early 1960s agitated for independence from Ethiopia, complicated Beijing’s effort to obtain Ethiopian recognition. China provided the Eritrean insurgents covertly with weapons. Ethiopia and China had different policies on a rebel insurgency in neighboring Sudan. Ethiopia supported the southern insurgents while China backed the Arab government in Khartoum, which allowed the ELF to operate from its territory against Ethiopia. Ethiopia also suspected that the PRC backed Somali insurgents in efforts to take control of Somali-inhabited territory in southeastern Ethiopia. When Ethiopia finally recognized the PRC in 1970, it extracted a promise that Beijing would terminate support for the ELF.

Haile Selassie Visits China

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The writer, David H. Shinn is former US ambassador to Ethiopia and Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University (Photo: Awramba Times)

In 1971, less than a year after recognizing Beijing, Haile Selassie visited Beijing where he praised both the progress being made in China and Chairman Mao’s “outstanding achievements.” They signed trade, economic, and technical cooperation agreements. China granted Ethiopia an interest-free loan of $84 million and sent several teams to help with Ethiopia’s development. Mengistu Haile Mariam led a left-wing military coup in 1974 that toppled the Haile Selassie monarchy. This development complicated China’s goal to strengthen relations with Ethiopia because the Soviet Union, seeing an opening after Ethiopian relations worsened with the United States, switched its support from neighboring Somalia to Ethiopia. This occurred at the height of the Sino-Soviet conflict; the Soviets promised the Mengistu regime more than China could offer. China made clear that it was ready to give moral support to Ethiopia’s new revolutionary government, but it was not prepared to compete with the Soviets in providing arms and financing. Read more



20 Responses to “Ethiopia and China: How Two Former Empires Connected in the 20th Century (Amb. David Shinn))”

  1. Yeah, Ethiopia was never colonized thanks mainly to the people you insulted in your previous article saying that they feel inferior to some former Italian slaves Mr. writer!! I always had respect to you but I have dropped every respect I had to you after the gaffe you made in that article of yours. I feel insulted. A former slave is the last person to whom some one would feel inferior.

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  2. Little jealous. China is getting ethiopia from begging for food. we know the history rather better than you

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    • Almaz

      What makes you better than us? I’m just curious if you have anything to mention that can make you better than us. Could you mention just one?

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      • dagnew June 16, 2014

        alula,
        forget the bitch..she is an Ertirean deportee (called amiche). she is not with them, or with us. lost in the sea kikiki

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      • axumawe June 18, 2014

        if u know who u are you won’t ask her the question u asked her.
        clay head

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    • Alemayehu June 16, 2014

      Almaz(Shabian b*tch) not only China, it won’t be long before every Arab sponsor who in the name of “natsnet” misled you damps your cursed land Eritrea and turns their face towards Ethiopia..Just wait for the completion of GERD and you will see how your cursed Eritrea will be left high and dry more than it already is…

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  3. w .yilma June 14, 2014

    The article is jumping from one point to another and not clear what Mr. Shinn wants to say. What Mr. David Shinn missed to understand is that Ethiopia always decides its own destiny and fate by her own, of course with the help of God! Leave alone at this civilized world, during the DARK imperialism era, Ethiopia foreign policy pursued based on mutual respect and benefit. Mr. Shinn don’t you know it is America during the League of Nation who laughed at Emperor Hile Selasse when he asked help to fight against fascist Mussolini. It was American government who helped and armed Siad Bare against Ethiopia. It was America who stays aside when the Marxist Junta sized power in Ethiopia in the 70’s. Ethiopia shifted in the Eyes of America to the east. Western countries know how to destroy countries, but never determined or have not willingness to help them to get out of poverty. As a diplomat you know this but you have commitment for American government, not for the ordinary Americans. You see Mr. Shinn America is the richest and prosperous country. Its people are open and generous, and indifference to domestic as well as foreign policy designed by their government. Unfortunately the American politicians are abusing their power in the name of freedom, and democracy. Because of this many innocent Americans are sacrificing their dearly life and hard to count money is wasting for nothing. What has happened in Iraqi at this time is an example. This country becomes a fertile place for terrorist. To be honest the primary cause of our world problems at this time is because American government spoiled and unwise foreign policy. American can’t be everywhere and shouldn’t be a police of the world. Its foreign policy is hegemonic imperialistic approaches with no respect to others or respect others culture or religion. And most importantly most American politicians do not have elementary knowledge about world politics.
    Mr. Shinn , you talk about the ONLF massacre. Because those who died are Ethiopians and Chinese it seems you are ok with it and do not have a common sympathy to those diseased. If this was happened and consumed not 75 as it was happened to Ethio-Chinese, but one American life, not only you condemned but your government not hesitating to rush to go for revenges. It is your government who are encouraging terrorism in our world in particular Ethiopia. It is the so called Human Write watch supported by the State Department encouraging terrorist ONLF and radical Islam movement in Ethiopia. Is this is not clear for you? The problem is what comes from America is always right, so you do not care or attempt to understand others feeling about their own country internal affairs. This is a recipe for conflict and human misery we have seen in many countries, such as Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others follow. Please, leave alone Ethiopia and do not interfere in her internal affairs, and it is not your business to tell what is right and wrong. Ethiopia benefited more from China within a short period of time, than America for the last 50 years. It would have been better to make a business deal with America if there is willingness. Unfortunately because of various reasons it is impractical if not impossible
    By the way the ONLF spokes person admitted and gave his press release from London. Is it not double standard? Terrorism and radical Islamism and its likes condemn only when it comes to the west, but for poor Africans it becomes a human Wright and democracy issue, especially for State Department.
    Why do you condemn the Ethiopia government for the choice they made to have a healthy relationship with China? Who denied America from doing the same? The difference is America or other western countries have not appetite to see Africa to become self sufficient in all aspects. Any aid coming from the west attached something with it, and they prefer to interfere in their internal affairs instead of engaging based on mutual respect and benefit. They want to dictate and command as they command and dictated in the past colonialism era. Now they renewed their ties and commitment in a new fashion and become gigantic imperialistic power to capitulate any country standing on their way. Example is Ukraine.
    What many African countries are doing is business. Business is governed by market fair competitiveness. When China knows how to play with business, westerns, including America are talking politics. Is it the way business is working honorable Mr. Shinn? Who do not want engaging business with America, a great promise land of freedom and opportunity?
    I wish American people to elect new and fresh minded politicians who have a knowledge of world politics and willingness to work and lead our world to the right direction for the sake of lasting peace in our world.

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    • አሜሪካ በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳይ ላይ ለጋራ ጥቅም ሲባል ጣልቃ መግባት አለባት ብዬ አምናለሁ ። ከዚህ በፊት ደርግን ለማስወገድ ጣልቃ እንደገባችው ሁሉ ማለት ነው። ወያኔ ስልጣን ከያዘ በሁዋላ አይደለም አሜሪካ ጣልቃ መግባቱዋን የምታቆመው።ቻይናስ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ጣልቃ ትገባ የለም እንዴ። ምነው በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ አንዳነድ ሰው አልተጨነቀም? በፅሁፉ ላይ እንደተረዳሁት ዋልድባ አካባቢ የስኩዋር ፕሮጄክት የተጀመረው ከቻይና ጋር በጋራ ተሆኖ ነው ፣ምነው ገዳምን መዳፈርን ምን አመጣው?
      የአፍሪካ ህብረት ሀውልት ሲሰራ የመስራቹ የንጉሱ ሀውልት ለምን እንዳይሰራ ወጣ?የባህል አብዮት የሚባለው መሆኑ ነው ማለት ነው?
      አሜሪካ በአለም ፖለቲካ ጣልቃ መግባቱዋ የማይቀር ነው፣ ምክንያቱም የአሜሪካ ኢኮኖሚና ፖለቲካ በሀገር ውስጥ ተወስኖ ብቻ ስለማይቀር፣ስለዚህ በኢትዮጵያና በሌሎችም ሀገር ዲሞክራሲ እንዲስፋፋ ጣልቃ ብትገባ ምንም ችግር የለውም።
      አሜሪካ በኢኮኖሚና በፖለቲካ የተሳሰረችበት ሀገራት ሁሉ የኢኮኖሚ እድገትና የህግ የበላይነት አለ ማለት ይቻላል።
      በአሁኑ ሰአት የኢትዮጵያና የአሜሪካ ግንኙነት ከኢኮኖሚና ከዲሞክራሲ ግንባታ ጋር የተገናኘ አይመስለኝም። ምናልባት በኔ አይን ከአሜሪካ የደህንነት ጥቅምና ከገዢው ቡድን የስልጣን ላይ መቆየት ጥቅም ጋር የተሳሰረ ብቻ ነው ብዬ እገምታለሁ፣ እንጂ 80 ሚሊዮን ህዝብ ሲረገጥ ሲፈናቀል ጣልቃ አለመግባታቸው፣ ዝም ማለታቸው ትክክል አይደለም ብዬ አምናለሁ።
      ምናልባት አንድ ቀን ነገሩ ሲብስ ጣልቃ እንደሚገቡ ይታየኛል።
      አቶ ሀይለማሪያም እንዳሉት ኢትዮጵያ የቻይናን ሞዴል እንደምትከተል በፅሁፉ ተገልፆአል። ብዙ ኢትዮጵያኖች ደግሞ አሉ የምእራባውያን ሞዴል የሚስማማቸው። መሬት፣ቴሌኮም፣ባንክ የመንግስት ብቻ፣ንግድ ና፣ፍርድቤት፣ ፖሊስ፣ ሜዲያ፣የገዢው ቡድን ብቻ፣ ከሆነ፣ እንዲህ ብሎ ነገር የለም። ዘለቄታም የለውም። እንኩዋን ሞዴሉን ለኮረጀችው፣ ላስኮረጀችውም አይጠቅማትም።
      ከቻይና ጋርም ይሁን ከአሜሪካ ወይም ከአውሮፓ፣ ወይም ከአፍሪካ ጋር ይሁን በጋራ ጥቅም ላይ የተመሰረተ ከሆነ ግንኙነቱ በጣም ጥሩ ነው።
      ስልጣን እስኪይዙ ድረስ በአሜሪካ አየተረዱ ከዛ በሁላ ግን በኛ ጉዳይ ጣልቃ አትግቡ ፣ እኛ የፈልገውን እናድርግ ማለት ምን አይነት አራድነት ነው። የገጠር አራዳ የሚባለው አይነት ነገር ሆነብኝ።
      አሜሪካኖች ወይም አውሮፓውያኖች ወይም ቻይናዎች በአላቸው የኢኮኖሚና የፖለቲካ የበላይነት ጣልቃ አይግቡ ብሎ መመኘትም ሞኝነት ነው። ለብቻ ተውን እኛ ለብቻችን እናድጋለን የሚለው የሻቢያ ሞዴል (singapor ወይም single pure) የሚሰራ አይመስለኝም። የኛ ኢኮኖሚና ፖለቲካ ናሽናልና ኢንተርናሽናል ጋር የተጣጣመ መሆን አለበት። ብቻችን እናድጋለን የሚለው የድሮው የአልባንያ የድነጋይ ዘመን ኮሚኒዝም ነው።

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      • axumawe June 18, 2014

        @mr gebre let me respond to your comment in sequences.
        you blived that the us is going to involve in any ways in to any countries problem with out any return or benefit for us ? yes of course if there is double or triple in return.
        America only lives for America. but if you are challenging them under any circumstances you are done.
        ex, Danel Ortega, Sadam Hussein Gadhafi etc.
        this is 21st century politics’, America, Russia, China, France Germany even north Korea well never harm each other b/c they need each other.
        let me give you good example.
        how come the us bombarded Afghanistan & Iraq for no reason and all the others never say a word.
        how come Russia destroyed Chechnya but the us did nothing ?
        how come Assad killed his people with chemical weapon and non of them did nothing ?
        how come when the us give Sadam Hussein the tam up, to use chemical weapon on the Kurdish people ? letter he is there enemy ?or go read world polities.
        week up GEBRE !!!!!!
        do you think the americans didn’t tray to be involve in Ethiopian politics ? of course they want. and they tried, but it never happened, for reference see dr Frazer’s comment about pm melees and Ethiopia in general about EPRDFS foreign polices.
        it is about foreign police my friend !!!!
        also the Americans have been tried.
        for example, do you know who Dr goshu welde is ? why do you think the us congress permit him to speak in congress ?
        do you know who Dr brhanu nega is not long ago he was spoke at the us congress.
        but when the Americans saw all the extreme opposition they don’t have any meat that can full file American interest, AND THEY BRASH THEM AWAY.
        look know, who is investing 4 billion dollars in bio thermo energy in Ethiopia ? America.
        every country to invest in Africa whos door do they have to knock 1st ?
        Ethiopia’s door.
        SO MY FRIEND GEBRE again week up.
        lastly and finally you say 80million people are oppressed and displaced it is your sick minds figer, your blind eye, vision and your wish to see and hope in your sick brain, it won’t happened.
        long live Ethiopia !
        long live Eprdf !
        long live Woyen !

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        • @axumawi
          እንግሊዘኛህ ብዙም የሚስብ አይደለም። በራስህ ቁዋነቁዋ ብትገልፀው ምናልባት ይሻል ነበር።
          መልስ የመለስክልኝ መስሎሀል እንጂ፣ለኔ መልስም አልመለስክልኝም።
          እንደ ኢሳያስ አለምን በራስህ አይን ልትተነትናት ፈለግክ።የኢሳያስ ቅጥቅጥ አይደለህ? አሁን ተራራቅክ እንጂ።
          አንተም አይን እዳለህ ሁሉ፣ሌላውም አይን አለው። የሰው ልጆች ስለ መብታቸው፣ ስለግዴታቸው አያወቁ ነው። በአለም ላይ የሰው ልጅ መብቶች መከበር የማይቀር ነው ይከበራሉ።
          አንተ የምትመኘው እንደ መንግስቱ፣እንደ ሳዳም፣እንደ ኢሳያስ፣እንደ ጋዳፊ፣እንደ ዱዳየቭ፣ እንደ ኦርቴጋ መሆንን ነው። ይህ ምኞት ለወደፊት አይኖርም።
          በመጨረሻ በጣም አሰልቺ የሆኑትን መፈክሮችንን ግራ እጅህን አውጥተህ አሰማኸኝ። የስራህን ይስጥህ።

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          • axumawe June 19, 2014

            gebre, English language is our school language !!!!
            but for some one like you, can be hard I am sorry about your literacy.
            long live Ethiopia !
            long live Eprdf !
            and all ways long live woyen !

  4. yon baba June 14, 2014

    Dear w. yilma, I appreciate your views and comments. It is a nice comment. I wish if you can make your comment more details with data and evidence. Plus if you can add a few more paragraph on it with professional touch it will be very complete response to Amb. Shinn. In order for us to learn from your response and a reply from Mr. Shinn, I suggest if the editor can moderate this and forward your reply directly to Mr Shinn. Hope to read your modified reply and responses from the other side. Thanks,

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    • w .yilma June 14, 2014

      My friend Yon baba. I wish I manage to edit and support with some kind of evidence my reply to Mr. Shinn’s article. Unfortunately I do not have time to do so. However, it is OK to use simple broken English to make easy for audience to understand the message easily. What I said is based on facts, and vivid to those who follows world affairs and geo-politics. I restrain to speak more what i remembered. For example don’t you think the Eritrean rebel group, ELF, headed by the notorious Isayas recruited by Americans station in Asmara? because in the 60′s and 70′s to be a Marxist-Leninist or Maoist was a fashion for many students including me. because of this perception, Isayas inclined to eastern block and went to China for military training. The Americans recruited Isayas as a counter attack against the first organized Islamist oriented Eritrean liberation front which I forget to name it exactly. Eritrean issue is a complicated issue for us Ethiopians, and let me stop here and move to another issue.
      Regarding the ONLF I assume there is no need to present evidence. It is clear what is going on in western capitals. This terrorist organization is free to collect money, recruited jihadist in the name of ” freedom fighters” ;have access to media outlets freely, they have offices, the human right advocates are on their side, asking the international organization to go to Ogaden and scrutinize events so that to accuse our gallant armed forces, for their nobel sacrifices and determination to keep the territorial integrity of our beloved country. We are witnessed what has been said and is saying about the Swedish “journalists”? what is the difference being with Alshibab, Taliban and ONLF? To me there is no difference both are terrorist and need to be treated the same. But for the west and for some naive, and infantile “Diaspora political opposition Ethiopians” there is a difference, as long as it help them to get advantages out of it.. dancing with the wolf?
      Regarding the radical Muslim movement I think everybody knows the stand of the American state department and some naive politicians. they are openly condemned the measure taken by the Ethiopian government.
      By the way I am not government nor opposition supporter. I am a free man speak my mind, and balanced politics with Ethiopian national security, interest as well as the well-beings of its people. There are times you put aside politics and stand for the national interest of your country. we are living in a very dangerous world. If we failed to understand this realities and open our door for external vouchers, like “galemota” we will be part of a problem.
      i am not go in details about the economic relationship between Ethiopia and China. Facts are speak by themselves. but I am not dare to say this relationship is without problems. the deficit issue what Mr. Shinn has raised is an alarming but not a cause to create doubt. every economic relationship between countries have its own pros and cons.it is a matter of balancing for your own interest or benefit. Any way this is a job for economist, not for politicians.
      To me both the government in power and the oppositions need to come to their sense and think more than twice for the future of our country. Enemy from within is more dangerous than enemy from out side. that is why westerns are recruiting enemy from within. That is a real lethal weapon. We have to afraid it, including the fear itself!
      Long Live Ethiopia

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  5. Gezaee June 14, 2014

    I completely agree with Yilma.I do love the American people because they are the most open minded and kind people on our planet. But their government is as evil as the Arabs. The Arabs agenda is to establish one Islamic government and destroy every country including the mighty America. On the other hand, the grand American agenda is to destroy every culture, every religion, every language, and to Americanize the entire humanity either by will or by force of coercion. This the problem the world is facing today. Both these two extreme sides are making our planet a hell place to live. Wars, terrorism is brewed or made just to realize these two extreme agenda. American politicians are beyond reproach and they can do whatever they want to anyone or to any country because of so called American interest. To your surprise, what is being called American interest is not the interest of the American people? because the interest of American people is the interest of all human being because their needs are the same with the rest of humanity that is food, shelter, clothing, education, health-care. These are the needs of every human being.But Americans politicians only think in terms of American multination cooperation which are respresent 1% of American population and control the entire economy of USA. USA is the most unequal country on our planet. Americans work so hard to survive and their government only worries about how to manipulate other humans for the sake of American cooperation but not about Americans people. Americans do not even have access to primary health care which is taken for granted by European citizens, Canadians citizens. American has to cross Canadian borders to get primary health care because Canadian government is a welfare government that looks after its people. American government is a government that cares the least about its citizens Americans, but they lies and pretend they are about American citizens more than any country that cares about its citizens? it is mind boggling how cynical the American government is to be honest. it is not only they try to manipulate all humans, but they also manipulate American citizens by acting as if they care about Americans. I was reading articles a day ago posted American embassy accusing Ethiopian government arresting Somalians arbitrarily. A few days before that they released a warning to American citizens that they must be careful there might be terror attack on Ethiopian soil by Al-shabab? But a couple of days later, they started condemning Ethiopian government arresting Somalians? To be honest, American officials are confused people and they do not know what they are doing these days. I think everyone is surpassing their well designed plan and they are not able to steer politics as they wish. They say they are anti terrorism? but it seems they use it indirectly to create havoc somewhere? This reminds me the day after Meles died? American journalists launched campaign Meles using CNN? They started broadcasting how dictator he was and he deserved death? That made me think Meles was assassinated by them and they were playing media to cover up that. The reasons, the American did not like Meles relation with China and I still suspect Meles death could be assassination either by USA or Egypt. Why I say this? It is because American citizens were condemning Meles for having allowed China to have food hold in Ethiopia right after his death and even before he was buried. The American CNN journalist who was campaigning actively on CNN during his funeral Erin who is herself a republican or democrat without any shame condemned Meles for having China people in Ethiopia. He complained they are everywhere in addis ababa.

    I was never Pro Meles but it worries me when Americans meddle in our country. My surprise, why American officials think they have to boss us and tell us what we must do and what we must not do? In my opinion, Ethiopians must fear Americans politicians as dangerous as everybody else. As we have seen so far, they are creating conflict in every country just to weaken the country they target. They are interfering in every country with a purpose, to destabilize and weaken our country. They have ONLF,OLF, G7, … in USA. I know the government we have is corrupt and useless and anti Ethiopia. But USA is a dangerous country that must feared equally with the rest. I am not saying American people. I know we Ethiopians owe a lot the American people and the white race in general because they have been looking after us in our difficult times. Ethiopia relation with the western society is written in our blood. We will never have bad intention to the western society. But we must be proactive against USA government because it is will push our country into chaos. American government hates other countries to develop, to have peace. it is cynical but that is the reality. American government is anti peace in our world. They sponsor havoc, strife, conflict, blood-shed for the so called American interest. I must admit it is a country that could have changed our planet to be a better place because it has the capacity to do that. Unfortunately, we human have evil side and sometimes our evil side takeover our good side. So American government has lost all human moral compass and is only obsessed with the American dreams which is myopic and shorted sighted and that will not even benefit Americans themselves. We have seen how Americans are affected by American government policies. If one has to read their Americanism guiding ideology, it is equivalent to the ideal of the Arab terrorists. The American dream is to make the entire world Americans only. All government has to give their power to USA either by will or by force in the name of free market. They say Americanism is the highest state of human civilization and no one can stop it. Americanism replaces every culture, language, business, … it is mind boggling. To realize this dream, they have VOA in every country, they have peace corps, many other covert and overt institutions including American Universities and all that to make the entire world Americanism. This is the same agenda of the Arab terrorists. The terrorists who are supported underground by faithful Muslisms wanted to see the entire world becoming only Muslims. They have their agenda called Nation Building. Nation according to them is the entire world or earth with all countries converted into Islamic faith and have one nation that is government by one Islamic government. This is their agenda, and America is their main target. These American Politician agenda is the same as the Arab agenda. They are mutual exclusive. Of course the American government will not put people into the sword.Ameerican government kills the people by killing their culture, language, psychology, economy, and ability using internal ethnic, racial, tribal,religious wars. The Terrorists kill people directly as they do always or convert people by force to their religion.

    Ethiopia has to reject both of these ideology because we are colour blind, race blind, … we must stand for equality and justice. We must reject the ideology of USA and Arabs. The fact both can do business says a lot. You see, USA does business with Saudi Arabia without any problem. You know what Suadi Arabia is and it is a country where you are not allowed to follow any other religion except Islam.It is a country that you can not even pray to your God. It is a country that cut pennis, stone women to death. Americans government has no problem with that. They have a problem with Ethiopia now because Ethiopians are trying to avoid Al-shabab terror attack. Anyway, I would reject USA involvement in Ethiopian affaires. We love the American people, but we must not love their cynical government which is trying to destabilize our country by sending neoliberal troops and recruiting home grown mercenaries in the name of bloggers and Journalists. I would avoid USA government involvement in Ethiopian affaires. They must do business on equal terms and based on mutual respect and interest, anything less than that must be rejected. We do not even need their USAAID. We know what USA AID does. I would even kick out USA AID. It is a covert USA government cell operating in Ethiopia. By the way, why do we need AID that is implemented by those who give that AID.Any aid must be given to the person who is being given the aid. You go in with USA AID means you have an agenda behind it. We are not disabled people to be lookeafter by people from USA. We must solve our problems ourselves. All NGOS must be expelled from Ethiopia. The only AID I can endorse is the aid given churches. I have seen the catholic church building hospitals in rural Africa completely transforming people lives. But not USA AID. USA AID is an invisible American hand in Ethiopia.

    By the way, why is Mr. David worrying about Ethio-China relation? why he does not write something the American public is missing? that is primary health care and a government social security and a free education and I Americans deserve this like any European citizens. Otherwise, American people need American spring. Do your home work at home instead of worrying about Ethiopia. Thank you

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    • Gezaee, eagerly waiting your comment on Redwan’s interview.

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      • Gezaee June 14, 2014

        Unfortunately, I can not comment on Redwan now; I simply do not have to time to watch all the clips now. I tried to watch it, the first clip, but I cut of in the middle because of time constraints. My apology for that.

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        • axumawe June 19, 2014

          hi Gezaee,
          I agree with your opinions on America.
          I don’t blive you can’t comment on minster redwan hussens clip, i think the person is a real deal.
          he is smart, truth full and realistic ,I blive you know it. but you seem to me you are one of those people who new they are wrong, but they rather die before admitting they are wrong .
          to be honest Eprdf don’t need your support or your opinion. any way good opinion on David shield.
          by the way I am not saying Eprdf is perfect or honest, but the party deserves respect based on the job they preformed and the scarifies they pay to bring to where Ethiopia is know.
          let as be fare and applicative, that is the only way we can learn and criticized each other for better Ethiopia. it is ok to have different opinions as Ethiopians. but we don’t have to be the way we are. we look marvel’s with our unity not by force but by mutual interest only.
          talk to you soon good by.
          long live Ethiopia !
          long live Eprdf !
          long live woyen !

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  6. I can’t believe that Shinn so widely misses the significance? It seems to me he is sensing it, built-up a case but how could he have concluded so timidly, even for namesake of a country worthy of a reserve currency? Suffice it to say that Finfine is perhaps building to become the rising-nation- dominant-nation industrial battle ground. The Waterloo of this century!!May be i am a bit melodramatic but not by much; rather his limpwristed “do nothing” conclusion can be bordering treason. It is a lot more than just “do nothing”. Hope he sees this but I will be contacting him directly, with some serious suggestions.

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  7. Division June 17, 2014

    Chinesse investors get more access to resources than Ethiopians.
    Farmers, who have been living in Oromia region, have said the new prime minster and the new ormia region president with their law enforcement partners confiscated by evicting Etyhiopians from the lands that were given to them during the late Prime Minster Meles Zenawi’s adminstration time. The farmers state that their properties are being confiscated transfering ownership to the new Prime Minster’s close Chinesse associates leaving the farmers and their employees in dire condition.

    “The government did give us the permit to live in the area and we have been developing the area while paying taxes.” They said. According to the farmers, they were told that the lands they had owned were needed for farming to feed the military of China that are geting ready to protect Ethiopia from terrorists in the region. The order came from the Court and they were given no land in return.

    Although they have appealed to the the new President of the Oromia region his response was “Meles Zenawi and Alemayehu Atomssa are dead so should you.”

    Some of the evicted people witnessed the threat by President of Oromia region Muktar Kedir saying “Meles Zenawi and Alemayehu Atomssa are dead so should you.” include Getachew Gede, Zewdu Gebremedhin, Bogale Teka,Mrs. Gete Haile, Dagne Yilma, Priest Likae Awoke, Abera Kassa, Priest Teka Tsegaw, Habtamu Kibret , Shifaw Alemayehu and Debre Deneke winessed
    “Meles Zenawi and Alemayehu Atomssa are dead so should you.”

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  8. Weyane polices what I admired most there is no going back
    If we keep the track right mesrak Africa economy not only that african economy dominate endemnaderg the reason tekure arab ferenje
    China india turk invest lemadreg naturally destegnoch nachew mekniatum hezbachen yehe kegn gezat telot yalefew telacha yelewem.

    But the problem many eu country keep viewing the famine to divert people’s attention from looking opportunities in our country.

    Go with china is much much better off.

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