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The African Union's mission

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The 18th African Union (AU) Summit opens at the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. On the day before, African leaders inaugurated the new $200 million headquarters – funded by China, as a gift – and they said the massive complex is a symbol of the Asian power's rapidly changing role in Africa.

PHOTO: Ding Haitao/Xinhua/AP

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