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China praised at African Union summit

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 01:15

May 25 - During a special summit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African Union, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn thanks China for its investment.Tom Dinham reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE***~ African and world leaders arrive at the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. US Secretary of State John Kerry was among those attending. Washingron wants to strengthen its ties with the continent, home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, amidst concerns over growing Chinese influence. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn praised China's role in helping to develop the continent. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, SAYING: "It is encouraging to note that some of our friends and partners have given priority to infrastructure development in Africa in terms of their strategy partnership with our continent. In this regard I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to China for investing billions to assist us in our development endeavours." Africa's first attempt to forge deeper ties was launched with the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, as a wave of African nations won independence from colonial rule. The organization was later re-named the African Union.

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China praised at African Union summit

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 01:15