Addis Ababa- China's growing influence in Africa has culminated in the establishment of language class to help to facilitate cultural interaction between the continent and the Asian country.
The centre has been launched within the framework of the China-Africa cooperation at a ceremony that took place at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ironically, the Chinese government built the headquarters.
While the AU welcomed the initiative, some critics are sceptical and see the move as a new form of colonisation.
AU Commission (AUC) Acting Head of Administration and Human Resources Management, Rekia Mahamoudou, commended the initiative and thanked the Chinese officials for providing the language class.
"It will help facilitate cultural interaction with China," she said.
Chinese representatives here strongly believe the launching of Chinese language programs to the AUC was very significant arguing that the move would open new windows for Africans to learn Chinese and appreciate the culture.
Abebaw Haile, a prominent Ethiopian businessman however objected.
"China is a good friend of Africa from colonial era up to this present moment, but learning Chinese...I suspect a new form of colonialism," he said.
China is the world's fastest growing economy and has a huge footprint in Africa.
The country is dominant sectors such as technology, manufacturing, retail and transportation.
- CAJ News