China hits out at sanctions on new African belt and road partner Eritrea as it focuses on ports

Massawa port in Eritrea has a special economic zone and access to waterways that could benefit China’s trade ambitions. Photo: AFPSpeaking after a meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Wednesday, Wang condemned the US and some European countries for imposing sanctions over involvement in the Ethiopian conflict. Wang also pledged financial support for Eritrea, a recent recruit to China’s infrastructure investment strategy the Belt and Road Initiative.