China denies claims of spying on the African Union headquarters

Nellie Chapman
January 30, 2018

China has refuted claims that it has been spying on the African Union (AU) since 2012.

"I commend your decision to highlight this scourge, and offer you our strong support", said the UNSG.

Addressing the 30 Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, Mr. Guterres said the United Nations and the AU were working together successfully across the continent.

African women are particularly in the spotlight as demonstrated in more in-depth by the appointment of Dr Amina Mohamed of Nigeria as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations and others to the rank of assistant secretary-general.

President Donald Trump said he "deeply respects the people of Africa" and plans to send Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on an "extended visit" to the continent in March in a letter addressed to the African Union.

"As we go forward, I would encourage closer collaboration with Africa's private sector on the Union's key initiatives". Kagame spoke at the African Union after meeting Trump last Friday in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum.

Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to Trump expressing "deep concern" over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests.

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"We can generate resources from our own countries and if there is need to involve external partners, then the support will add to our own efforts".

A team was also put in place to continue with the exercise to identify the whereabouts of more migrants, and to register them for repatriation.

"Reforms requires change of mindset, hard work and compromise and being very responsive to the change".

"I am therefore, encouraged to note that more than 20 countries, including my own, are now implementing the 0.2% levy on eligible imports as reported".

The president admits that naturally, "there will be resistance from within and outside the continent" but the progress is promising.

He cited a report that revealed that the African continent lost $50 billion annually to illicit flow of capital and stated that the manifestation of corruption in Africa was a demonstration of need for strong leadership.

He said, corruption should always be punished regardless where it comes from. "We have to start on schedule, and focus on the most important priorities".

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