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China Expands Influence In Africa By Building Government Facilities, West Starting To Counter

• by Alex Wu

China's investment offers, mainly through its Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI), have been widely criticized for setting up debt traps for recipient countries, along with accusations of espionage and infiltration.

The facade of the headquarters of the African Union (AU) is pictured in Addis Ababa on March 13, 2019. (Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

The West has now started to take counter measures.

Southern China Morning Post noted on May 23 that the CCP has been focusing on funding and building government buildings for African countries, which has aroused suspicion from the international community.

Currently, the $80 million new headquarters for the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is funded by China, is under construction in the south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Despite the U.S. government's warning in February 2020 that a China-funded and constructed CDC will be used by the regime to steal "African genetic data," construction started in December 2020.