China fully funded the $200 million African Union (AU) building complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which serves as its headquarters. The official opening of the building back in 2012 was marked with great fanfare, with people saying it marked the new dawn of a strong relationship between Beijing and the continent of Africa. It showed Beijing’s growing influence in Africa, and the opening up of trade relationship between China and Africa; with Africa giving access to its vast natural resources.
Well, a French newspaper – Le Monde – alleges that Beijing had bugged the building. The paper published report supposedly given to them anonymously by sources at the AU, saying data from computers in the building were being transferred to servers in China every night for the five years. Le Monde further reported that the alleged hack was discovered about a year ago, and the IT systems within the building, including the servers, have since been changed.
On Monday, AU representatives and China jointly came out to deny the report published by Le Monde. The officials from China and AU were attending the annual …read more