President Nguesso dismisses allegations that China spied on A.U.

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President Denis Sassou Nguesso
President Denis Sassou Nguesso

President of Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso has dismissed claims that China spied on the African Union (A.U.).

In an article published in late January, French newspaper Le Monde reported that data from computers in the African Union headquarters had been transferred nightly to Chinese servers for five years.

Quoting anonymous sources, the article went on to say that the hack was discovered a year ago, prompting a change in the African Union’s IT systems, including computer servers.

Nguesso, in an interview with Xinhua, termed the allegations as “ridiculous.”

His stance is similar to that of China’s ambassador to the AU, Kuang Weilin, Rwandese President Paul Kagame, A.U. Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, among many other African leaders.

“According to some information we received, equipment came from different countries, not even from China, you can see how these news are fake and ridiculous,” Nguesso said.

Kagame last month said the report was completely fabricated.

“I don’t think spying is the specialty of the Chinese. We have spies all over the place in this world,” Kagame said. “But I will not have been worried about being spied on in this building.”

Beijing fully funded, the $200 million A.U. headquarters building in Addis Ababa, opened in a colorful ceremony held in 2012.

The building has stood tall in exhibiting Sino-African ties, which have strengthened significantly over the years.