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African Union Opens New Headquarters Funded By China

Jia Qinglin (5th from the left), chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference, hands over a symbolic key to the new, China-financed, $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28.
Jia Qinglin (5th from the left), chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference, hands over a symbolic key to the new, China-financed, $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28.
African Union leaders have inaugurated a new $200 million headquarters that was funded by China as a gift.

The Chinese government fully financed the construction of the 20-story tower overlooking a conference center in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

It took three years to build.

China's top political adviser, Jiao Qinglan, said the gift is a "symbol of deepening relations."

He said China is Africa's largest commercial partner and Chinese investment there amounts to $13 billion.

The inauguration came as the African Union opened a two-day summit at the new headquarters.

compiled from agency reports
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by: David from: Johannesburg
January 29, 2012 10:48
Why can't Africa stop letting it's wealth (natural resources) be exploited by others. Africa should export ONLY processed materials. This would create African businesses, and jobs, and generate far higher income too. This building is like a businessman bribing his way into a contract. Africa is rich. But we're letting others plunder to their hearts content.
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by: John from: Babiar
January 30, 2012 06:19
Better than the Western countries which looting and slaving Africa with guns and left them with nothing but poverty and disparity. The Chinese is giving with no strings attached. And even this will be cursed by jealous western noble men.

by: James Chan from: Philadelphia, USA
January 29, 2012 13:48
In just three decades, China has turned from an aid-getting to an aid-giving country; and from an inward-looking into an outward-reaching nation. If international trade were a chess game, China's move is technically superb. The Chinese dragon has landed on the African continent. Who could have predicted this in 1979?

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