China, African leaders slam French report on AU headquarters hacking as ‘ridiculous’, ‘nonsense’

In the world of sowing discord amongst nations to achieve a strategic goal no country does it better than Russia and France. The latter calls it Maskirova, the former uses it as a tool for fostering French national interest. One only has to look at the polar rifts that exists between English and French speaking countries in the region to see Paris has perfected what the Russians call MASKIROVA.

The French are at it again, this time China is the target.

BUT WHY?

 

Thereis no doubt China is fast eclipsing the United States and Europe as Africa’s biggest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). As Western influence erode, China is stepping in. A third of all infrastructural projects in the continent is partly financed or carried out by Chinese companies. As they have done with Nigeria in West Africa, Le France hopes to check Chinese growing influence in the continent by sowing seeds of distrust.

The French media is accusing Beijing of bugging and hacking into the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and stealing classified data.

While Beijing slammed the report as “utterly groundless and ridiculous”, AU and other African leaders denounced it as “sensational”, questioning the timing of the publication on the eve of AU Summit.

French newspaper Le Monde, in an article last week, quoted anonymous AU sources to allege that confidential information from the computers at the AU headquarters was transferred to Chinese servers every night for five years.

“We never interfere in Africa’s domestic affairs and never engage in any activity detrimental to Africa’s interests. China-Africa cooperation will in no way be disrupted by the nonsense report of Le Monde,”

– China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday.

“ridiculous and preposterous and is part of the Western propaganda to put pressure on the growing ties between Beijing and African nations.”

-China’s Ambassador to the AU Kuang Weilin.

“China-Africa relations have brought about benefits and a lot of opportunities. Africans are happy with it, some others are not,” Kuang said, adding that “Some people in the West… are not used to it and they are simply not comfortable with this.

–  China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

“The African people know the best and is in the best position to say whether China-Africa cooperation is good or not. China will continue to uphold justice while pursuing shared benefits and follow the principle of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith so that China-Africa cooperation will bear richer fruits,”

The AU Headquarters was built with assistance from the Chinese government upon requests from the AU, as an important measure to promote African efforts of gaining strength through unity and advance African integration. After its construction, the AU Headquarters received universal and high appreciation from the AU and the African countries,” 

–  China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

Now the obvious question is WHY NOW?

The French news report came as the AU heads of state met last week for their annual summit in Addis Ababa. Former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission. The timing of the story is highly suspicious.”

-African Union Commisiin -Erastus Mwencha

A very respected newspaper that publishes such a sensational story on the eve of the summit?” Mwencha asked, adding that “I really don’t see anything [in the AU headquarters] that this newspaper printed.”

“As for me, I will denounce it for the content that it says,

Obviously, everybody knows that at the moment there are a number of other parties in the world who are not comfortable with the close relationship between China and Africa” and “would of course want to see this relationship not going forward,” 

Africa is not naive to the fact of its history and where we come from and Africa is not naive to the current challenges we have and where we are going,” he added. “We know how we have been partnering with China in many ways,”

“What is there first of all to spy? What secrets are here that somebody would spy about?”

-African Union Commisiin -Erastus Mwencha

“What is there first of all to spy? What secrets are here that somebody would spy about?” Mwencha asked.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who assumed this year’s AU chairmanship on Tuesday, echoed Mwencha’s remarks while rejecting the report.

But, in any case, I don’t think there is anything done here (AU headquarters) that we would not like people to know,” he said after a meeting of African heads of state.

“I don’t think spying is the speciality of the Chinese. We have spies all over the place in this world,” Kagame said, adding: “But I will not have been worried about being spied on in this building.”

– Rwandan President Paul Kagame

African leaders, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki, have also dismissed the French media report.

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