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African Union Conference Center, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Interior view of the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa.

Aerial photo of the African Union Conference Center.

From NetEase:

Chinese aided African Union Conference Center inaugurated, at a cost of 200 million USD

January 28th, the African Union (AU) Conference Center that was constructed with Chinese government assistance was inaugurated in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The African Union Conference Center is one of China’s key construction aid projects for Africa, the undertaking costing 200 million USD, as well as the the Chinese government’s largest African construction aid project following the Tanzania-Zambia Railway.

[Above] This is the exterior view of the African Union Conference Center located in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa (taken 2012 January 28th). The 18th African Union Summit meeting will be held in this conference center. Photo: Xinhua reporter Ding Haitao.

Exterior view of the African Union Conference Center.

This is the exterior view of the African Union Conference Center located in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa.

Interior view of the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa.

This is the interior view of the African Union Conference Center located in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa.

A spiraling staircase inside the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopia.

A conference room in the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This is the small conference room inside the African Union Conference Center located in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa.

A conference room in the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopia.

This is the VIP conference room inside Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa’s African Union Conference Center.

A hallway inside the African Union Conference Center which was built with Chinese assistance.

This is the interior view of the African Union Conference Center.

Several workers walking down a grand staircase in the newly inaugurated African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Inside the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, several workers on the stairs.

Several African women chatting in the lobby of the newly built African Union Conference Center.

At the African Union Conference Center in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, several workers relaxing in the main hall.

A view from a window of the African Union Conference Center, built with Chinese aid.

This is the interior view of the African Union Conference Center.

CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin addresses the African Union during the inauguration ceremony of the African Union Conference Center built with Chinese assistance.

January 28th, CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin attended and delivered a speech at the inauguration of the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa. Photo: Xinhua reporter Rao Aimin.

CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin hands the symbolic golden key of the new African Union Conference Center built with Chinese assistance to African Union Chairperson Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

This is Chairman Jia Qinglin handing over the symbolic golden key of the African Union Conference Center during a ceremony to African Union rotating Chairperson and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Comments from NetEase:

网易北京市网友:

I really want a house/apartment to live in.

乞丐太子 [网易安徽省芜湖市网友]:

1.2 billion yuan renminbi [RMB], our black brothers must be laughing to death! Sigh!

等待火山爆发 [网易浙江省衢州市网友]:

Yeah, much prettier than the schools in China, ding.

网易江苏省苏州市网友:

China is “really” prosperous.

mark56959273 [网易上海市南汇区网友]:

Wow…so luxurious~

网易河南省手机网友:

Honestly, in Africa, the foreigners you can see, most are Chinese. That time when people were evacuated from Libya, there were 30,000 Chinese.

wiscomsin [网易湖南省衡阳市网友]:

I even gave over 1 kuai in construction aid/assistance.

lygyanyang [网易江苏省网友]:

The children at home express that they need care and attention.

zjm11188 [网易北京市网友]:

Construction aid? China has money…however whether or not they dare to use it [the building] is uncertain.

网易中国手机网友:

1.3 billion renminbi [RMB]!

汉武威公 [网易上海市网友]: (responding to above)

Equivalent to each one of us paying 1 kuai.

网易吉林省长春市网友: (responding to above)

It’s been many years since our wages were increased.

汉武威公 [网易上海市网友]: (responding to above)

Not only haven’t our wages increased, they’ve even decreased.

网易湖北省荆门市网友: (responding to above)

1.3 trillion American debt is equivalent to each of us providing how much money?

tx7250 [网易北京市网友]:

First I BS those people complaining, typical ignorance. China providing aid to Africa was a national policy that was established when Chariman Mao was still around, because without Africa’s support, it would not have been possible for China to become a permanent member state of the United Nations Security Council. What more, providing aid to Africa is even more invaluable to China whether it is in political influence, strategic interests, or collection of resources, and it has a powerful role in suppressing China’s largest potential enemy — Japan. From 2008 to 2011, Japan committed to providing 6 billion USD in long-term low-interest loans to Africa, to be used in the road, transportation, and other infrastructure construction projects; and said before 2012 that it would double its aid to African governments from its current yearly 180 billion JPY to 400 billion JPY (3.8 billion USD) in 2012. What needs to be pointed out is, in recent years, Japan has been consistently reducing its aid to foreign governments. Japan’s leadership has said “Africa holds ab abundance of natural resources. Japan’s long-term investment in Africa will inevitably produce abundant returns in the future.”

Compatriots, Japan is currently competing with China for Africa, and some people are still ignorantly complaining about our country’s policies. Yes, the country domestically needs development, but what point is there to develop the country domestically if it is in a situation where there is no guarantee of even national security? Only when China’s strategic interests and security in the world is safeguarded can it build the country even better.

sisishe [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]: (responding to above)

If it is aid then there shouldn’t be any utility. Assistance with one’s benefits in mind is called political investment.

scott516888 [网易广东省网友]: (responding to above)

Interactions between countries has always been about mutual benefit. Above, you’re a stupid cunt, you only know how to nitpick. You criticize those who aid others without considering their own interests and benefits as idiots, and those who consider their long-term interests and benefits you criticize as utilitarianism. What is it that you want? Why do you carp like those Western powers who want to contain China? What the hell are you?

网易山西省大同市网友: (responding to above)

First I BS this Beijing netizen [referring to tx7250 above]: Know why everyone is complaining? It’s because this kind of thing, whether its called aid/assistance or political investment, is not the actual will of the people, just like being forced to donate. Do you understand? You using those political things to distort the people’s complaints, aren’t you being a little too ignorant? Moreover, has the world only changed a little bit since Chairman Mao’s time? The rules of communication between countries have changed a lot. Don’t try to defend the government’s incompetence, okay? Also, “but what point is there to develop the country domestically if it is in a situation where there is no guarantee of even national security?”—-May I ask if you don’t develop yourself, how can you going to fundamentally safeguard your safety? You’re must be so confused for you to be able to argue this kind of logic. Laughable. I didn’t want to say anything, but seeing so many netizens seemingly rebuked into silence by you, I had to say something.

zhenmeico [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Every year China gives about 11 billion RMB in foreign aid (reported in NPC reports).
For a country that takes in 10 trillion RMB in revenue every year, the proportion of funds used for foreign aid is not even 0.1%!
Imagine an adult who makes 50,000 yuan per year taking out 50 yuan to help a friend, its no big deal!

What do you think? Do you agree with or disagree with your home country’s foreign aid policies?

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