China Calls For End To Houthi Harassment

May 30, 2024

 

The Chinese foreign minister is understood to have met with his Yemeni counterpart in Beijing this week to discuss the Red Sea crisis and China has subsequently called for Houthi Rebels to end their attacks on commercial shipping in the region.

A foreign ministry statement read “China calls for an end to harassment of civilian ships and maintenance of the safety of waterways in the Red Sea, and is willing to continue to play a constructive role in this regard”. 

The vast majority of carriers had little choice but to reroute vessels away from the danger zone following Houthi attacks, which has led to major disruption on Asia origin services through reduced capacity, a shortage of container equipment and now port congestion.

Prior to these diversions, the Iranian backed Houthi Rebels are reported to have attacked over 100 vessels in the Red Sea and surrounding areas, and the now spiralling ocean freight costs and delays are hurting Chinese exports.

China is undoubtedly Iran’s most important trading partner, and are understood to have had previous dialogue regarding the Red Sea issue, but it is widely hoped that the most recent pressure will help to bring an end to the attacks on shipping.

 

 

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