Forgive my interjection,
I am surprised how the thread from "US looking to replace Meles Zenawi" went to discussing China and AU? China doing work in Africa is positive development, it solidifies the friendship between the two peoples. Europeans did not do work in Africa, the work they did meant to benefit their own interest, such as laying train tracks and roads to export the minerals and send to their mother countries. I read a tiny book (G. Kaplan, The Ghost of Leopold) where Kaplan explains how European colonizers abused the nations as they left, France pouring concrete into an elevator shaft, Leopold massacring millions of Congolese, Brits left similar cultures in conflict through divide and rule policy, how Italians left their colonies in disaster. There are several negative scenarios where Europeans left Africans embittered with, from exploiting to planting dictators that would serve them in a larger scale.
China did not do that to Africa, but they do support dictators hang on power to oppress their people. We know that Chinese do not come to Africa for benefiting Africans, its to benefit themselves attain the resources to rise. Building AU is a benefit for China because it is stocking favor in the dictators pockets, but looks bad for the looters and dictators, because they had to ask for an outside force to do it for them. Especially, AU being the symbol of Africa, it makes me as an African a little uncomfortable to be proud of my continent. Lending money to Africa's dictators without any qualms make us feel a bit apprehensive for the dictators are pocketing the money, while the bill is passed on to us and our children to pay. For instance, what Meles is doing in Ethiopia will affect many generations to come, he is walking away with the money leaving us to fight for our survival long after he's kicked the bucket.
Much in the same way, the Chinese are not here in the form of good will, they are planning to replace the Europeans and US influence, so as to rise on our natural resources. After all the Europeans showed too much contempt to Africans after looting our resources in a broad daylight. Europeans and US have reached the developmental goal they ought to, and they are not scrambling for our minerals as much as China and India will. China doing construction for individual countries is okay, such as erecting cultural centers, roads, train tracks as well as stadiums in order to solidify the Chinese-Africans friendship, but holding the big house (AU) by the balls makes things look very unsettling for most of us and for nations that look down on Africa.
Naga Tuma wrote:First, talk about your own weakness. They did not fight on the internet using screen names. I do not think that anyone arm-twisted Haile Sellassie to declare himself a monarch. If the battle at Adwa meant something for him, he should have believed in the people's power. I don't think that anyone arm-twisted the Ethiopian revolutionaries to start the White Terror and the Dergue to counter it with the Red Terror. I don't think that anyone arm-twisted the Tigre brothers to separate their own people into two countries.
I don't think that anyone arm-twisted you and made you fail to distinguish between China the country and the Communist Party of China. There is a big difference between the two. And you were telling me: As the saying goes: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent," and there is plenty of blame to go around across the African continent in the latest debacle. First of all, the Chinese couldn't possibly have built the new AU Headquarters on their own without some people in the African continent giving them the green light to do so. When did you turn from the supporter of the "gift" to its critic?