African Union to open Chinese-funded HQ in Ethiopia

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  1. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

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    28 January 2012 Last updated at 04:27 GMT


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    The new AU headquarters is seen as a symbol of China's new role in Africa


    The African Union is due to inaugurate its newly built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

    The entire $200m (£127m) project was funded by China as a gift to the AU, as Beijing continues to strengthen its influence in Africa.

    The 100m high tower overlooks a vast conference centre where African heads of state are expected to meet for years to come.

    Their first AU summit in the building will take place on the weekend.

    China's most senior political adviser, Jia Qinglin, will attend the opening of the new headquarters and will address African leaders at the start of their assembly on Sunday.

    The new AU building dominates the skyline of Addis Ababa and is the city's tallest building.

    Most of the materials used were imported from China and even the furnishings were paid for by Beijing, AFP news agency reports.

    Construction began in January 2009 and involved 1,200 Chinese and Ethiopian workers.

    The project co-ordinator, Fantalum Michael, says the new building signifies China's growing friendship with Africa.

    "It's a testimony that this relationship will continue in the future," he told AFP.

    Thriving relationship

    Trade between China and Africa has increased more than six-fold during the past decade to $120bn (£76bn) in 2011.

    China is interested in Africa's natural resources and in return is investing huge sums in African infrastructure.

    Roads are being built by Chinese firms at a staggering rate, says the BBC's Will Ross in Addis Ababa.

    While other rich nations impose conditions before aid is given, China's relationship with African countries is strictly a business one, he says.

    Human rights groups have criticised China for undermining efforts by western countries to link aid to improvements in governance.

    However African leaders have welcomed the Chinese approach and have embraced investment from Beijing.

    In Ethiopia, many jobs have been created through Chinese-funded projects.

    Chinese cars are being made in Ethiopian factories and China is also building a light railway across Addis Ababa.

    BBC News - African Union to open Chinese-funded HQ in Ethiopia
     
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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Haha, China always backs losers. AU had its balls cut off in Libya with France removing Gaddafi, now Chinese are removed from the country. China backed genocidal Sudanese regime, now their oil is cut off and to be controlled by France. Even their gift of Gbagbo's presidential palace was bombed by France and Chinese interests getting kicked out of the country. Where in Africa will China lose next?
     
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    Hi mr china , Does mr pak accompany you in Ethiopia. as well ? If yes, what role will you give them ?
     
  5. niceguy2011

    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    If China not been satisfied, then Gaddafi 's supporter will take over the country again.
     
  6. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    Wishful thinking.
     
  7. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Gaddafi supporters are hours away from getting slaughtered. So much for that plan.
     
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    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    We will see.
     
  9. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

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    I suggest you simply ignore our Indian friends, for these people will never ever have anything positive to say.

    Why waste time with the unteachables and the unrepentants?:rofl:
     
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    huaxia rox Senior Member Senior Member

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    really dont know why people here bringing france in the discussion. france has been getting its ass kicked out since 1950s from africa of which parts used to be its colony . in order for france to show how it still can do something (to control the oil? or to tell the UK i m still awesome?) it ganged up with a bunch of european nations to get rid of the weak guy gaddafi and as an indirect consequence the european sovereign debt crisis went bad and what else? to control the oil to PRC?? how exactlly? PRC is getting more and more oil and still we will get it from african nations including libya.

    and we all know a war cant solve the debt crisis can it? so no matter how many brownie points france has actually scored PRC will go ahead to develop the healthy relation with african nations. maybe the US can still do something but france?? pls dont make people laugh.
     
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  11. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Good show.

    Hopefully, it will calm the rising resentment towards the Chinese in Africa.
     
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    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

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    Why indeed.
     
  13. niceguy2011

    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    Yea, in ur dream.
     
  14. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    OK, I will stop dreaming and agree with you.

    The building of the HQ will still NOT stop the resentment the Africans have towards the Chinese.

    Happy?!
     
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    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    again, it is ur dream.
     
  16. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Chicoms have lost important elections where they spend hundreds of millions propping up candidates just to lose.
     
  17. mylegend

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    This is not going to happen, be realistic. Gaddafi has no support of the people. The fall of its own capital explain it all. No resistance from people
     
  18. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    China is in a position to decide the fate of a country?

    Don't overestimate yourself.

    The only country that can do a regime change is the US and you are nowhere near that!

    Be a man!
     
  19. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    You are right.

    We have the intellect and freedom to sift the wheat from the chaff.

    No CCP or any Govt diktat can tell us what to say or what line to follow!

    We live in a free country!
     
  20. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I will be frank there.

    I am not too convinced that Gaddafi was toppled because of resentment.

    External powers did have a great role to play!
     
  21. niceguy2011

    niceguy2011 Tihar Jail Banned

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    wake up,

    do u forgot EU just changed regime of Libya?





     

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