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AU dismisses China spying claims

By: Bisola Bello February 9, 2018
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The chairman of the African Union (AU) commission has dismissed allegations, published in the French press, that China spied on the organisation and bugged its headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Moussa Faki Mahamat during a visit to Beijing said it was not in China’s interest to spy on the AU as it did not deal with secrets or defence matters.

Reports by French Press, Le Monde had claimed that technicians at the AU had discovered computers in the Chinese-built offices regularly sent information to servers in Shanghai.

Security experts also discovered hidden microphones in sensitive areas of the building.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said the building was a symbol of Chinese-African co-operation.

AU dismisses China spying claims

The chairman of the African Union (AU) commission has dismissed allegations, published in the French press, that China spied on the organisation and bugged its headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Moussa Faki Mahamat during a visit to Beijing said it was not in China’s interest to spy on the AU as it did not deal with secrets or defence matters.

Reports by French Press, Le Monde had claimed that technicians at the AU had discovered computers in the Chinese-built offices regularly sent information to servers in Shanghai.

Security experts also discovered hidden microphones in sensitive areas of the building.

However, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said the building was a symbol of Chinese-African co-operation.



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