Published at 23rd of September 2017 02:44:04 PM
Chapter 152
Niger, Niamey International Airport .

"Buddy, haha, we meet again . " Robert passionately greeted and embraced Jiang Chen .
Jiang Chen awkwardly shoved him away . "Ahem, I think it's better if we just shake hands . "
"No, no, no, this is to sincerely express my remorse . " He pounded Jiang Chen's back quite vigorously . Then he walked in front of a Hummer and exaggeratedly opened the door with a teasing smile . "Please get in the car, Your Honorable Dictatorship . "
"I still have a long way to go," Jiang Chen retorted with a smile .
He took Ayesha to sit at the back of the car, while Nick naturally took the passenger seat in front .
"Now that you think about it, I do believe fate has brought us together in the desert . " Robert stepped on the gas, held the stirring wheel and started the ignition . He remarked while smiling, "Last time, it was in the desert in Iraq too . "
"Last time, I was there to wipe your ass for you . Hopefully, you won't get into trouble this time," Jiang Chen couldn't resist the temptation to mock him .
"Ahem, aren't you missing the point here? There's an American who runs an errand all over the world for you, a Slavic who went to the frontline with you, and a beauty sitting beside you," Robert jested and looked at him through the rearview mirror of the car .
Hearing this, although there was no visible change in Ayesha's expression, her face turned into a crimson shade .
"Just focus on your driving . Stop talking nonsense anymore," Jiang Chen laughingly reprimanded him and then paused before asking, "Where's the location of the base?"
"Sahara desert, Niger . It's an undeveloped area in Agadez Region . Better prepare yourself mentally as it could be quite desolated out there," Robert reminded .
The outside of the airport was in Loess Hill, and there were hardly any buildings in sight . Aside from the road, there were dust and yellow sands everywhere . A gust of wind would occasionally sweep a layer of dust .
Moreover, it was probably the only airport Jiang Chen had seen without a taxi lane, a bus stop, let alone a subway .
"Damn, how could this place be so poor!" he swore while he stared out of the window into the endless sand dunes that went as far as the eyes could see .

How can you say that this is the capital? At the very least, it shouldn't be this undeveloped .
"Downtown is much better . It's like the suburbs of Los Angeles . " Robert laughed . "10 kilometers more to go . We're not that far . Speaking of poverty, Niger's Minister of Commerce Armani would like to meet you and invite you to dinner . "
"To attract foreign investment?" Jiang Chen asked dispassionately . He leaned back on the chair and yawned . "Why don't you go on my behalf? I already bought 20 acres of wasteland . I'm temporarily not interested in investing in any other projects . "
"Ahem, no, there's actually more to it . Basic necessities such as water, power supply, food, ammunition that will be used in training, and so on," Robert reminded him .
Those indeed posed as a concern . Jiang Chen pondered on it while pinching his chin .
"Military supplies, that I can solve . As for the others . . . what do you suggest?" Jiang Chen looked at Robert .
"For the power supply, my advice is to buy a few sets of fuel generators or a batch of solar cells . The sun is pretty intense here, so I think solar power would be our best choice . As for the water, it seems to be illegal to drill well in here . And I also don't suggest engaging in squabbles with the local tribes . I heard that even the Niger government couldn't control them, so it's best if we outsource them . Food and basic necessities can be purchased locally . The cost of living here can be quite cheap, especially the food . "
"Then let's do that," Jiang Chen nodded .
"If that's the case, you definitely need to meet Armani . But before that, I'll send you to the hotel where you'll be staying . " Robert shrugged and smiled .
The car finally drove into the downtown area .
Niger River ran through the city . The river was lush verdant, just like an oasis in the desert .
In fact, it was not as bad as what Robert made it out to be . At the very least, Nieamay, the capital of the country, didn't seem that bad . Although he hadn't seen the suburbs of Los Angeles, when they reached the downtown area, the surrounding buildings looked rather sophisticated .
He only stayed at the hotel for a short while before he changed into a suit Robert had prepared for him and got into the car .
This time, instead of Robert's Hummer, it was Niger Department of Commerce for receiving VIP guests .

They got off at a restaurant where they apparently received foreign guests . A black man in a suit walked toward him and greeted him with a smile
"Welcome, Mr . Jiang Chen . You must be the oriental billionaire Robert was talking about . " The elderly black minister warmly held Jiang Chen's right hand and shook it firmly .
Much to Jiang Chen's surprise, Armani could actually speak in Huaese .
"Thank you for inviting me, Mr . Armani," he responded to his enthusiastic greetings .
"I knew a lot of Huaese comrades as outstanding as you . We have a lot of comrades here in Niger coming from Hua, so you can think of this place as your second home . Niger welcomes you," Armani said warmly, speaking in a rather fluent Huaese .
"Haha, of course . "
Pleasantries completed, Jiang Chen and Armani walked into the restaurant with an entourage of bodyguards and other personnel in tow . This "welcome ceremony" was quite lavish .
Seeing this, a sudden strange idea popped up into Jiang Chen's mind .
He was wondering when he returns home for New Year, would his major bring a congregation of people to welcome him in a grand fashion such as this? He was, after all, the man who appeared in the Wall Street Journal . The government newspaper also lauded him for his achievement in the technology sector . Even in the entire province, not a lot of people could outshine him .
Sheesh, it would be so cool to go home and be welcomed in such a grand fashion .
Despite being in overseas, distance did not interfere with his wish-fulfillment fantasies .
Armani invited him to sit with him . The side-by-side seating arrangement spoke volumes about how highly the Minister of Commerce regarded him .
Naturally, looking from this angle, one could also see how poor Niger was .
Perhaps because of the presence of numerous Huaese investors in Niger, Armani chose to discuss business during dinner . He clearly knew the intricacies of their culture as he perfunctorily drank two glasses before deciding to stop .
Obviously, he was drinking while talking business according to"Huaese custom" .
After another exchange of greetings, Armani naturally led the topic into the right track .
"Thank you very much, Mr . Jiang, for investing in Niger . Is there anything we can assist you with to make this process easier? The basic economic condition is excellent and we're now in the stage of rapid development . There are a lot of business opportunities to invest in . . . "
Listening to Armani's passionate speech or drivel, Jiang Chen couldn't help but ridicule him in his mind . [You don't even have cab at your airport, yet you have the audacity to say that your economic situation is good!]
But even if the heart said so, the words could not be said out loud .
"Of course, I am very optimistic about the domestic development of your country . And that's exactly the reason why I'm establishing a security company and building a training facility here . " Listening to this black uncle speaking for a long time, Jiang Chen still maintained his composure .
The meaning behind these words was: I have no interest in investing now .
However, Armani was apparently not ready to give up that easily as he continued to enthusiastically discuss some other projects in great details . His meaning was obvious: give me some money right now .
"How about this, I have a proposal—to facilitate seamless transportation of goods, I intend to invest in road construction from the provincial capital of Agadez province to the undeveloped area . " In fact, this idea was brewing in his mind for a while now, and it was an excellent opportunity to bring it up .
As soon as Armani heard about the road construction, his eyes instantly brightened . If they could build roads, not only it would drastically improve the livelihood of people in the undeveloped areas, it would also strengthen the government's control over the rebellious tribes .
"Haha, Niger citizens will surely be very grateful for your generosity and friendship, Mr . Jiang . "
"Don't mention it . It is up to you to study the specific planning of the road, and then we will discuss it further based on your proposal," Jiang Chen responded with a smile while looking at the eagle-eyed Armani .
Finally the dinner concluded in a harmonious mood . The minister of commerce personally sent him back to the hotel where he was staying .
"How is it, my friend?" Robert asked while grinning at him . He was standing at the entrance of the hotel .
"Annoying . Do black people always talk this much? They're so damned desperate for an investment . "
That Armani was a rather interesting character, a politician with a flair for public speaking . There was nothing wrong with soliciting investment, but when Armani sensed his lack of interest, he became more assertive and went on forever . For a while there, although he knew that Armani was speaking Huaese, he had no idea what he was talking about .
"Hahaha!" Robert started to laugh hysterically and patted him on the shoulder .
"My friend, now you understand my pain? The first day I was here, he basically serenades to me for the entire day . But I cleverly brought your name up and said that I was only working for you, and the real person with money is a guy named Jiang Chen . "
"That's not funny . " Jiang Chen glared at him and entered the hotel .
Robert caught up to him and started getting down to a more serious topic .
"Simply put, it could be quite annoying to talk business with black people, but we can't just give them some candies and send them away . Tomorrow we'll head over to Agadez province to inspect your military base .
"Ahem, it's a training facility for a security company . "
"It doesn't matter since everyone already knows," Robert commented carelessly .
Stopping in front of the elevator, Robert nudged him with his elbow and quipped, "We'll depart early morning tomorrow so don't go crazy tonight . "
Without waiting for his reaction, Robert dashed into the elevator that's about to close .
"This pervert," Jiang Chen said with amusement and shook his head .
But at that moment, an image of Ayesha dressed in a white floral dress last night appeared in his mind .
[Uh, okay,] Jiang Chen decided .
[I'll sleep a bit later tonight and accompany her to try on a few clothes . ]