The new African Union headquarters was unveiled earlier this year. The project cost upwards of $200 million. Want to know who built it? Answer: The Chinese government.

Undoubtedly, this has turned heads in the international arena. This is simply the cherry (the size of a watermelon) on top of what has been a flurry of Chinese investment in the African continent over the last few years. Many people have questioned China’s motives for doing so.

Why would China invest so heavily in Africa? What sort of implications does this have on the world’s power balance and on the future of the U.S?

Check out the stunning snapshots in the link above.