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China's top political advisor attends inauguration ceremony of new AU headquarters

(Xinhua)

08:40, January 29, 2012

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addresses the inauguration ceremony of the new Conference Center for the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 28, 2012. The new Conference Center for the AU, which is sponsored by the Chinese government, was inaugurated here on Saturday. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin attended a grand ceremony here on Saturday to inaugurate the landmark building complex of the African Union (AU), saying the building complex shows China's support for African countries to gain strength through unity and integration process.

The conference center and office complex of the AU headquarters, which is constructed with Chinese assistance, is hailed by both China and the African Union as not only a new landmark in Addis Ababa, but the latest testimony of the long friendship between China and Africa.

The conference center, which stands at 99.9 meters high and covers an area of nearly 52,000 square meters, fulfills the solemn commitment by the Chinese government and people to the people of Africa, said Jia.

During the ceremony held in the new conference center, Jia told African leaders one day ahead of the AU summit that the building complex is a new gift of the Chinese government and people to the people of Africa, and stands as a symbol and microcosm of the deepening of the China-Africa relations.

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