Late last month the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
The new headquarters of the African Union (AU) which the Chinese government had paid for a total construction cost of 200 million dollars (about 15,300 million yen) was completed in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia; the inauguration ceremony was held on the 28th. The China media reported that on the 29th.
The new facilities consisted of a conference hall that could accommodate 2500 people, and a 20 stories building with a total building area of about 50,000 square meters that could take in the TOKYO DOME entirely.
Jia Qinglin the president of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference who was the number four man of the Chinese Communist Party of China attended the inauguration ceremony; and when he greeted with the AU's Chair Jean Ping, he said "it was (the facilities) a present from China to Africa".
When Chairman Jia conferred with Chair Jean Pin of the AU, he expressed that AU would be provided with 600 million yuan (about 7,300 million yen) free grants-in-aid in the coming three years.
It was strongly viewed that China was having the purpose of strengthening ties with Africa in order to ensure the supply of resources. Liu Weimin, China's secretary of the press bureau said that their Ministry of Foreign Affairs had emphasized that "their policy in Africa to offer support is not necessarily out of resource cooperation, it aims at supporting the independence development of countries concerned".
In the Internet in China, regarding this large amount of African support, there were many writings that criticized that "the priority should be to solve poverty problems in the country"; but there was also affirmative opinion saying that "in Africa, the fields in economy, military affairs, and diplomacy are all have strategic significance".
As China has the ability to use money to buy influence in Africa, it seems that there is no reason for China to feel too unhappy about the presence of the US in Asia.