China Rejects Claim It Bugged Headquarters It Built for African Union

Kuang Weilin, the Chinese ambassador to the AU, told reporters in Ethiopia the "absurd" claim in France's Le Monde was "very hard to understand".

The African Union announced Monday it has launched a new aviation deregulation scheme as more than 40 leaders from across the continent meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for their annual summit.

The letter comes after Trump sparked widespread outrage earlier in January when he reportedly described African and Central American nations as "sh*thole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

But Mr Kuang - who hailed the headquarters as a "monument" to his country's relationship with the continent - said it was entirely untrue.

Le Monde says the AU's servers were changed and its IT systems redone after the copying was found.

"As we speak, those receiving accolades as champions of anti corruption have not yet cleared the air on the leaked memo detailing underhand oil contracts to the tune of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars) at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources which are under President Buhari's direct supervision as minister. Africans are happy with it. Others are not", Reuters reported.

North Africa Post's news desk is composed of journalists and editors, who are constantly working to provide new and accurate stories to NAP readers. "They are not used to it and they are simply not comfortable with this".

Buhari expressed Nigeria's grave concern over the increasing threats posed by transnational terrorism and the attendant humanitarian crisis and also condemned in the strongest terms the continued activities of the terrorist groups in Africa, and around the world and called for more concerted action by the African body and the worldwide community to address the global scourge.

AU commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat played down the allegations during a press conference after the summit's close, saying he had seen "no evidence of espionage in the building", a sentiment shared by at least one African leader.

"I don't think spying is the speciality of the Chinese".

"We need a sustained, cooperative and coordinated approach in tackling this menace", he said while outlining UN-AU combined efforts to fight terrorism.

"I don't worry about being spied on in AU headquarters".

Kagame said his only concern was that the AU - not China - should have built its headquarters, according to Reuters. I hope within this week, you will hear from me on where we are. "We should have been able to build our own building".

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