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Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of Chinese workers have flowed into Algeria. A Chinatown has sprouted in Boushaki City, a subdivision of Bab Elzzour on the eastern outskirts of Algiers.[1] Although the Chinese quarter is not marked by a pagoda-style three-arched gate or adorned with red lanterns, other visible signs of a significant and growing Chinese presence dot the landscape of the capital, including the Algiers Opera House in the Ouled Fayat suburbs, which opened its doors in July 2016 — the product of a $40 million gift from Beijing. Meanwhile, a Chinese construction team is busy at work building the Djamaa El Djazair mosque, which features the African continent’s tallest minaret.[2]

Indeed, China’s footprint in Algeria has expanded since 2001, much as it has throughout the Middle East and the continent of Africa. In 2014, the Sino-Algerian bilateral relationship was elevated to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” and since then has further developed. This essay discusses the roots, substance and scope, and limitations of the blossoming Sino-Algerian relationship.

Roots of the Relationship

The steady growth of the Chinese presence in the Maghreb[3] is a reflection of the relatively recent transformation of China’s capabilities, status, and aspirations. Yet, the foundation for the friendly and fruitful relationship between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Algeria was laid six decades ago.

The PRC was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN). When the FLN declared the Algerian provisional government in December 1958, China was the first non-Arab country to recognize it.[4] By that time, Mao had come to regard Africa as a newly important factor in world politics. As one scholar has written,

Peking [Beijing] regarded the Algerian Front de Liberation (FLN) as an avant-garde anti-colonialist movement and sought to shape it, along the lines of the Viet-Minh movement in Indo-China, into an instrument of revolutionary strategy against France and the West generally.[5]

The Chinese viewed Algeria not just as the linchpin of the anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggle in Africa but also as a means of validating their revolutionary-ideological claims[6] and later as a prize in the inter-communist rivalry with the Soviet Union.[7] But even today, Beijing’s rhetorical framing of its intentions and activities in Algeria, and in Africa generally, proclaims an “imagined fraternity with African anti-colonial and developmental struggles” and an image of China as a uniquely non-exploitative international actor.[8] That said, Beijing’s support for the FLN also stemmed from practical political considerations. Beijing sought to leverage aid projects in Algeria and elsewhere in the developing world in order to obtain support for its “One China” policy and to bolster its claim to represent China at the United Nations.[9]

Between 1958 and 1962, the Chinese provided military assistance (i.e., funds, arms, and equipment) to the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN), the armed wing of the FLN, with diplomatic missions elsewhere in Africa (e.g., Morocco, Guinea) serving as transit points for their activities.[10] After Algeria gained independence in 1962, China provided various forms of material support: donating shipments of wheat, laminated steel, school equipment, a 13,000-ton freighter, and four transport aircraft; extending a $50 million low-interest loan;[11] and dispatching a medical team and supplies.[12]

During the 1960s, China became progressively more involved in Africa, with Algeria serving as a bridgehead for aid to the continent’s national liberation movements.[13] On the political front, China and Algeria closely coordinated their efforts in the United Nations on issues ranging from the Arab-Israeli conflict to apartheid in South Africa.[14] Yet, China encountered a number of challenges and limitations in consolidating its relations with Algeria. In providing aid to post-independence Algeria, China found itself outmatched by the Soviet Union and the West.[15] China’s relations with Algeria soured over the new revolutionary government’s increasing cooperation with the Soviet Union.[16] In fact, policy toward Algeria became a source of Sino-Soviet friction[17] while the intensification of the rivalry between Moscow and Beijing, in turn, complicated China’s relations with Algeria, which, aiming to advance its own ambitious agenda, sought to promote Third World solidarity.[18]

During the radical initial phase of the Cultural Revolution (1967-1971), which produced intense domestic upheaval, China reduced its activities in Afro-Asia. Thereafter, China embarked on an effort to revive its foreign policy, but focused most of its attention and an extensive aid program on Southern Africa, as opposed to the Maghreb.[19] During the 1980s, the Chinese and Algerian economies followed markedly different trajectories. Reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978 precipitated China’s opening up to global markets, within the span of little over a decade transforming the country into a manufacturing powerhouse. In contrast, Algeria’s economic situation deteriorated markedly, worsened by the collapse of oil prices and decline in the value of the dollar.[20] The 1990s was a decade marked by acute economic and political crises that gave way to a protracted period of brutal conflict.[21] During this “dark decade,” China reportedly sold an estimated $100 million in arms to Algeria,[22] though in other respects commercial relations remained flat.

Renewed Partnership

The pace and character of progress in the development of the bilateral relationship since the early 2000s has, to a large extent, been shaped by internal developments in Algeria. With security and stability to the country restored, and flush with cash from windfall oil revenues, the Algerian government enacted two policy initiatives — the Economic Support and Recovery Plan (or PSRE, 2001-2004) and Complementary Growth Support Program (or PCSC, 2005-2009) — designed to revitalize and diversify the economy. The PSRE and PCSC featured a massive public investment program, with emphasis on basic infrastructure and housing. Enter China …

1. Engineering and Construction Contracts

China has played an important role in Algeria’s construction boom. [See Figure 1.] Chinese state-owned companies quickly moved to secure major contracts,[23] initially in the low-cost housing sector. They were subsequently awarded contracts for many other, larger infrastructure projects: the building of the new airport in Algiers, the Olympic Stadium of Oran, the Foreign Office, the Constitutional Court, the country’s largest prison and five largest hotels, as well as its first national shopping mall; the expansion of the railway network and the East-West Highway; and the construction of a 750-km water pipeline from Salah to Tamanrasset.[24] Chinese companies have also had some recent success in the downstream energy sector.[25]   

Figure 1. Number of Chinese Construction Contracts in Algeria




Source: China Africa Research Initiative (CARI),

2. Bilateral Trade

In the early 2000s, China’s share of Algeria’s foreign trade was negligible. Since then, however, the value of Sino-Algerian trade has risen dramatically. [See Figure 2.] Algeria has become China’s most important market in the Maghreb. Meanwhile, China has overtaken France as Algeria’s largest source of imports. Algeria-China transactions are now settled in yuan instead of U.S. dollars.

Figure 2. China’s Bilateral Trade with Algeria
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Source: U.N. Comtrade Database,

Several specific features of Algeria-China trade are worth highlighting. First, there is a large trade imbalance, with Algeria recording increasingly large deficits. Second, similar to the composition of trade between China and many other resource-rich developing countries (though not depicted in Table 1), Chinese imports from Algeria are dominated by crude oil and petroleum products while exports to Algeria are made up almost exclusively of manufactured goods. Third, the era of “suitcase traders” has effectively come to an end, as import-export enterprises have proliferated, bolstered by the arrival of Chinese traders, who have adapted to the Algerian market and become firmly anchored in the country.[26]

3. Joint Venture Investment

Over the past several years, Chinese joint venture activities in Algeria have become increasingly diversified, ranging from investments in the mining sector[27] and cement production[28] to railway[29] and petroleum industry[30] equipment manufacturing. However, Chinese companies seeking to capitalize on investment opportunities in Algeria have found progress to be anything but smooth or uncomplicated.

Chinese state-owned companies have sought to establish a foothold in Algeria’s oil sector since restrictions on foreign investment were loosened in the late 1990s. An initial breakthrough came in October 2002, when Sinopec joined with Algeria’s national oil company Sonatrach to develop the Zarzaitine oil field. The next year, China National Oil & Gas Exploration & Development Corporation (CNODC), a subsidiary of CNPC, built a $350 million refinery in Adrar.[31] Nevertheless, Western firms have continued to dominate the landscape, handling more than three-quarters of the prospected areas.

Automobile and commercial vehicles manufacturing is a second area where Chinese companies have sought to invest but encountered roadblocks. In recent years, China has emerged as an automobile manufacturing powerhouse, and Algeria as a lucrative export market. In fact, China exported more cars in 2012 and 2013 to Algeria than to any other country.[32]

Responding to strong demand signals, Chinese auto companies pivoted from treating Algeria simply as a target destination to attempting to set up production sites that could be used as platforms for tapping into African and European markets.[33] In 2008, China and Algeria entered into an agreement to establish the Jiangling Economic and Free Trade Zone in Mostaganem — a deal focused on car assembly that involved the Chinese Jiangling Motors Cooperation and Jiangxi Coal Corporation Group and their Algerian partner, Groupe Mazouz. However, the project has been on stand-by since the enactment of the 2009 Complementary Finance Law, which requires foreign investors to have Algerian partners as majority shareholders.[34]

In July 2016 the FAW-African Investment Company, a subsidiary of First Auto Works (FAW), signed a joint venture agreement with Algeria’s Arcofina Group to build a car assembly plant in Tlemcen — more than three years after the partnership was first announced. Whereas some sources have attributed the delay to cumbersome industrial land policies,[35] others have claimed that it resulted from the awarding of a three-year production monopoly to Renault.[36] Chinese automobile companies seeking to capitalize on the growing Algerian and regional automobile markets face stiff competition not just from Renault but from other European as well as Asian auto manufacturers.

The strategic shift by Chinese auto and commercial vehicles toward localized production, it should be noted, was as much thrust upon them as it was freely chosen. In February 2015, Algeria issued an executive order requiring all foreign car dealers to establish assembly plants in the country, as part of a broad effort to attract foreign investment and stimulate local production, and more specifically to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign vehicles and import bill.[37] The recently established joint ventures between Anhui Jiamghuai Automobile Company (JAC) and Emin Auto to build a light-load truck assembly plant in Ain Temouchent province[38] and between Chinese automaker Foton and Algerian car dealer KIV to build a car and truck assembly plant Annaba province[39] — as well as JV deals signed by Hyundai, Volkswagen, and other global carmakers following suit — have all had to conform to this requirement.

4. Defense Trade

Recent developments in Sino-Algerian defense trade reflect changes on both sides of the provider-customer equation. One of the main features of the new global arms map is China’s emergence as the world’s third-largest weapons exporter.[40] To be sure, China still accounted for only 6.2 percent of global arms exports from 2012-2016, far behind the United States and Russia, the world’s two top arms exporters. Nevertheless, in recent years China has begun fielding and making available for sale more advanced equipment, and has made inroads into markets hitherto dominated by the US and Russia, along with France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.[41] Algeria has become China’s number one arms customer in Africa.[42]

Although Russia continues to be Algeria’s primary military hardware provider, China has broken into the Algerian market in several weapons categories. In May of this year, the Algerian military publicly released imagery showing Chinese-made LZ45 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (delivered in 2014) being used in tactical exercises.[43] According to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), over the past five years, Algeria has also acquired from China 50 C-802/CSS-N-8 anti-ship missiles and 50 FM90 surface-to-air missile systems from China. This past July, the Algerian Navy took delivery of the third and final C28A corvette ordered from China in March 2012.[44]

5. Migrants, Merchants, and Managers

By 2009, the number of Chinese workers in Algeria surged to about 50,000, making Algeria the host of the largest Chinese community in North Africa and one of the largest on the continent.[45] Since then, however, several notable changes have occurred. For one thing, many of the workers who arrived in Algeria during the height of the country’s building spree returned home upon the completion of contracts and the expiration of their temporary work permits.[46] For another, Algerian authorities have curbed the influx of Chinese workers by limiting work visas to three months and imposing a quota of 20 percent Algerian workers in Chinese construction projects.[47] Still, a 2014 estimate by China’s National Bureau of Statistics put the number of Chinese workers in Algeria at 71,452.[48] According to Foreign Minister Lamtane Lamamra, Algeria issued more than 55,000 visas to Chinese workers and tourists in 2015.[49] Figure 3 depicts the number of Chinese workers in Algeria, including those engaged in contracted projects and labor services.[50]

Figure 3. Chinese Workers in Algeria




Source: China Africa Research Initiative (CARI), “Chinese Workers in Africa,”

Although estimates as to the size of the Chinese community in Algeria vary, a few general observations can be made regarding its composition. First, the Chinese community is more heterogeneous than might be assumed, consisting not just of migrant workers but of merchants and managers staffing the more than 850 Chinese companies operating businesses in Algeria.[51] Whereas for some Algeria is a temporary economic opportunity, for others it is a permanent home.[52] Second, the Chinese “community” is informal and not immediately visible. Third, there have been few, if any instances, of overt hostility or violence between Chinese migrant workers and locals since the widely reported brawl that occurred in Bab Elzzour in 2009.[53]

New Frontiers, Familiar Risks

Although the ancient Silk Road terminated in Damascus, China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) envisions extending the maritime trade route into the Mediterranean Basin through a network of seaports. In January 2016 Algeria’s Transport Ministry, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) signed an agreement to build a deep water container port of El Hamdania, located west of Cherchell City on the central coast.[54] With this ambitious venture seemingly on track now that a consortium of Chinese banks has stepped in to fund the project, Sino-Algerian relations have reached a high water mark. Yet, the fact that the Algerian authorities had to turn to China to finance construction indicates that there are problems beneath the water line.  

In fact, there are two sets of factors that could impede the further development of Sino-Algerian relations. The first set consists of concerns about the practices and performance of Chinese companies operating in Algeria. The second pertains to questions related to the policy environment in Algeria, and more broadly, to the country’s political and social stability.

Chinese vendors competing for market access in the telecommunications sector were temporarily banned from tendering for public contracts after their executives were found guilty on charges of corruption.[55] Instances of shoddy work,[56] bribery and misappropriation,[57] missed project deadlines as well as payment delays to Algerian subcontractors and workers have damaged the reputations of at least some Chinese companies. Meanwhile, the Algerian government has come under pressure from labor unions and others who argue that China’s growing presence in the country has had a negligible impact on local unemployment.[58]

Yet, above all, it is Algeria’s current economic and political climate that threatens to hamper the development of the bilateral relationship, not to mention the country’s own progress and possibly its very stability. Although the Algerian government weathered the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings through massive spending on wages and subsidies, thanks to windfall oil revenues — though eventually at the cost of depleting the Revenue Regulation Fund (i.e., its sovereign wealth fund) — the economy is currently struggling.

The Algerian economy continues to be dominated by the state and remains heavily dependent on hydrocarbons exports. Algeria ranked 156th out of 190 countries — 88 places behind Morocco — in ease of doing business as reported in the World Bank publication Doing Business 2017.[59] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) emphasized in its May 2016 assessment that wide-ranging structural reforms are needed to diversify the economy and promote a dynamic private sector.[60] That same month, the Algerian government adopted a three-year economic strategy called the “New Growth Model, which, among other things, aims to double the contribution of manufacturing to 10 percent of GDP by 2030 and diversify exports.

In the meantime, however, continuing weak oil prices have inhibited economic activity. In response to reduced energy revenues, the Algerian government has slowly begun to implement fiscal austerity policies such as instituting freezes on public sector hiring and infrastructure investments projects.[61] But  fiscal consolidation could, in addition to crimping opportunities for Chinese companies, elevate the risk of strikes and other forms of civil unrest.

Ultimately, the outlook for economic growth will depend on the political situation in Algeria, which, however, is itself uncertain. On August 15, Algeria’s ailing 80-year old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, dismissed Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who had held the job for less than three months, replacing  him with Ahmed Ouyahia — a loyalist now serving his fourth term in that capacity.[62] In the ensuing cabinet reshuffle, several reformist cabinet ministers were removed from their posts,[63] throwing open to question the government’s commitment to restructuring the economy and tackling corruption. There is little indication that the military, political, and economic elite collectively known as Le Pouvoir (“the Power”) is prepared to relinquish their control over the country’s political economy. If they do not, Algeria might well muddle through. However, unless and until they do, Algeria will likely continue to stagnate and Sino-Algerian relations will fall far short of realizing their full potential.  


[1] David H. Shinn and Joshua Eisenman, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) 234.

[2] “Minaret of Grand Mosque in Algeria Becomes Highest Building in Africa,” China Business News, December 23, 2016. Lexis/Nexis August 2, 2017.

[3] China takes a mixed bureaucratic approach, engaging them diplomatically through Africa-focused initiatives such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), even though the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs groups them (as it does Egypt, Sudan and Mauritania) with the department that handles the Middle East. Larry Hanauer and Lyle J. Morris, Chinese Engagement in Africa Drivers, Reactions, and Implications for U.S. Policy (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2014) 2, accessed August 4, 2017,….

[4] Muhamad Olimat, China and the Middle East: From Silk Road to Arab Spring, 176.

[5] Fritz Schatten, Communism in Africa (New York: Praeger, 1966) 198.

[6] Kyle Haddad-Fonda, “An illusory alliance: revolutionary legitimacy and Sino-Algerian relations, 1958–1962,” The Journal of North African Studies 19, 3 (2014): 338-357.

[7] Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization and the Third World Order (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 211-212.

[8] Julia C. Strauss, “The Past in the Present: Historical and Rhetorical Lineages in China’s Relations with Africa,” The China Quarterly 199, September 2009, pp. 777–795

[9] Donovan C. Chau, Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Naval Institute Press, 2014).

[10] Donovan C. Chau, Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014) chapter 4; Shinn and Eisenman, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, 233-234.

[11] John Copper, China’s Foreign Aid and Investment Diplomacy, Vol. III (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 107-108; and Alaba Ogunsanwo, China’s Policy in Africa 1958-71 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1974) 92.

[12] Li Anshan, Chinese Medical Cooperation in Africa, Discussion Paper 52, Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2011, p. 9.

[13] Byrne, Mecca of Revolution, 212, 266-267; and Bruce D. Larkin, China and Africa, 1949-1970: The Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971) 171.

[14] Olimat, China and the Middle East, 178-179.

[15] Byrne, Mecca of Revolution, 265.

[16] Shinn and Eisenman, China and Africa, 232-235; and David Ottaway and Marina Ottaway, Algeria: The Politics of a Socialist Revolution (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1970) 158-160, 172-173.

[17] Donald Zagoria, Sino-Soviet Conflict, 1956-1961 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1966) 245-276.

[18] Peter Andrews Poole, “Communist China's Aid Diplomacy,” Asian Survey 6, 11 (1966): 624; and Byrne, Mecca of Revolution, 244, 269-270.

[19] Ian Taylor, China and Africa: engagement and compromise (London, UK: Routledge, 2006) 35-43.

[20] For a discussion of the structures and shortcomings of Algerian state capitalism, see Bradford L. Dillman, State and Private Sector in Algeria: the politics of rent-seeking and failed development (Boulder, CO and and Oxford, UK: Westview Press, 2000).

[21] Following the first round of polling in 1991, the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) were on the verge of defeating the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) when the government cancelled the elections and banned the FIS. There ensued a decade-long civil war that claimed 200,000 lives – a conflict that ended with the overwhelming support of a referendum in 2005 of the Charter for Peace and Reconciliation.

[22] Richard F. Grimmett, Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Countries 1994-2001 (Hauppage, NY: Novinka Books, 2003) 38.

[23] Vincent Castel, Paula Mejia, and Jacob Kolster, “The BRICs in North Africa: Changing the Name of the Game?”, North Africa Quarterly Analytical 1 (2011): 5.

[24] See China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) data: Note that the 399-km Eastern section (i.e., about one-third the total length) was built by the Japanese  consortium COJAAL, which includes the Kajima Corporation, Nishimatsu Construction Company, Itochu Corporation, Hazama Corporation and Taisei Corporation. See Samir Bouhedja and Boualem El Kechebour, “Case study of the Algerian Highway section called 'East-West Autoroute,'” International Journal of Applied Engineering Research 12, 15 (2017): 4830-4835,

[25] In November 2016, China Petroleum Engineering and Construction (CPECC) signed a contract valued at over $400 million for the restoration of Sidi R'zine Refinery in Baraki (Algiers). See “Refinery of Algiers - Sonatrach, Chinese CPECC Sign DZD 45 Billion Contract,” Algerie Presse Service (Algiers), November 6, 2016. LexisNexis, August 26, 2017.

[26] Saıd Belguidoum and Olivier Pliez, “Construire une route de la soie entre l’Alg´erie et la Chine,” Diasporas, Universit´e Toulouse le Mirail, Laboratoire FRAMESPA-Diasporas, UMR-CNRS 5136, 2012, pp. 115-130.

[27] The government-controlled National Steel and Iron Company signed an agreement to develop the Gara Djebilet iron mine in Western Algeria with the Chinese government-owned Sinosteel Corp. “Algeria awards mining deal to Chinese firm – newspaper,” Zawya, March 14, 2017,….

[28] “Algeria to stop importing cement in 2017,” Algeria Press Service, October 30, 2016. LexisNexis, August 7, 2017.

[29] “Algeria: Rail Infrastructure - Creation of Algerian-Chinese Joint-Venture,”, February 15, 2016, accessed August 7, 2017,

[30] Adel Benguessoum, “Petroleum Equipment: An Algerian-Chinese joint venture for the production of wellheads,”, March 14, 2017, accessed August 7, 2017,….

[31] Chris Zambelis, “China’s Inroads into North Africa: An Assessment of Sino-Algerian Relations,” China Brief 10, 1 (2017), accessed August 2, 2017,….

[32] According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Algeria was China’s top vehicle export destination in 2012 and 2013.

[33] See Loïc Le Pape, “La population chinoise en Algérie: Premier éléments de recherche,” [Chinese population in Algeria: first research elements], presentation delivered at CRASC, Oran, Algeria, March 12, 2014, accessed August 28, 2017,

[34] African Development Bank, “Chinese Investments and Employment Creation in Algeria and Egypt,” Economic Brief (2012) 10, accessed August 17, 2017,; and Deborah Brautigam, Thomas Farole, and and Tang Xiaoyang, “China’s Investment in African Special Economic Zones : Prospects, Challenges, and Opportunities. Economic Premise; No. 5. World Bank, Washington, DC 2010,

[35] Thierry Pairault, “Les relations économiques entre la Chine et l’Algérie,” in Thierry Pairault and Fatiha Talahite (eds.), Chine-Algérie: une relation singulière en Afrique (Paris, Riveneuve éditions, 2014): 50-52.

[36] “Algeria: Automotive,” Arabisk London Magazine (December 2016) 10, accessed August 21, 2017,; Louise Dimitrakis, “Algérie, la Chine défie la France dans le secteur automobile,” Mondafrique, July 16, 2015, accessed August 21, 2017,; and Younès Djama, “La joint-venture Arcofina-FAW ne devrait pas pouvoir concurrence Renault-Algérie avant 3 ans,” DjaZairess, November 16, 2013, accessed August 21, 2017,

[37] “New vehicle assembly plants make progress,” Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), November 10, 2015, accessed August 21, 2017,; and “Chinese automaker to assemble cars, trucks in Algeria,” Xinhua, April 21, 2017, accessed August 21, 2017,

[38] “Algeria: Automotive,” Arabisk London Magazine (December 2016) 10, accessed August 21, 2017,….

[39] “Chinese automaker to assemble cars, trucks in Algeria,” Xinhua, April 21, 2017, accessed August 7, 2017,

[40] Siemon T. Wezeman, “China, Russia and the shifting landscape of arms sales,” Modern Diplomacy, July 5, 2017, accessed August 23, 2017,….

[41] Ashely Cowburn,” Two-thirds of African countries now using Chinese military equipment, report reveals,” The Independent, March 1, 2016, accessed August 23, 207,….

[42] Aude Fleurant, Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman and Nan Tian, “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2016,” SIPRI Fact Sheet, February 2017, accessed August 23, 2017,…; Charles Clover, “China’s arms exports continue to surge,” The Financial Times, February 22, 2016, accessed August 23, 2017,

[43] “Algerian military displays new Chinese artillery,” Defence Web, May 2017, accessed August 23, 2017,….

[44] “Algeria receives final Chinese corvette,” Defence Web, July 18, 2016, accessed August 2, 2017,….

[45] African Development Bank. “Chinese Investments and Employment Creation in Algeria and Egypt,” Economic Brief (2012) 9, accessed August 17, 2017,….

[46] Thierry Pairault, “China’s economic presence in Algeria,” (2015): 8-9, accessed August 20, 2017,

[47] Pairault, “China’s economic presence in Algeria,” 9-10.

[48] Cited in Table 5, David Dollar, China’s Engagement with Africa: From Natural Resources to Human Resources (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2016) 74.

[49] “Over 55,000 Visas Granted to Chinese Workers, Visitors in 2015,” Algerie Presse Service (Algiers), July 12, 2016, accessed August 26, 2017. LexisNexis, August 28, 2017.

[50] Data is gathered by CARI from the following sources: 1) China Statistical Yearbook (various years), 2) National Bureau of Statistics of China, 3) China Annual Bulletin of Statistics of Contracted Projects, Labor Cooperation with Foreign Countries 2010, and 4) Almanac of China’s foreign economic relations and trade (various years).

[51] Figure reported by the National Trade Register Office (NRC), cited in “850 Chinese firms invigorate Algeria’s growth,” China Daily, August 18, 2016. Lexis/Nexis, August 2, 2017.

[52] Jean-Pierre Taing, “L’immigration chinoise à Alger: l’émergence d’une place marchande à Bab Ezzouar?” Les cahiers d’EMAM, July 17, 2015, accessed August 4, 2017, The first Chinese collective marriage in Algeria was held on October 16, 2013. See Facebook,….

[53] Lamine Chikhi, “Chinese, Algerians fight in Algiers – witnesses,” Reuters, August 4, 2009, accessed August 2, 2017,; “Violence flares in Algeria’s ‘Chinatown,’” Financial Times, August 4, 2009,….

[54] “China, Algeria to build mega sea port,” Xinhua, January 18, 2016,

[55] See bribery and corruption charges and subsequent probes into activities by Huawei and ZTE Technologies, Juha Saarinen, “Huawei, ZTE banned from Algeria,” IT News, January 4, 2012, accessed August 23, 2017,; and Ihsan Al Kade, “Parrainé par Houda-Imane Faraoun, un gros contrat Algérie-Télécom-Huawei suscite de fortes suspicions,” [Sponsored by Houda-Imane Faraoun, a large Algeria-Telecom-Huawei contract arouses strong suspicions], HuffPost Algérie, February 4, 2017,….

[56] Regarding the crumbling of portions of the Chinese-built portions of the East-West Highway, see “Autoroute Est-Ouest: Écroulement d'une partie du tronçon Sidi Bel Abbès-Tlemcen,” YouTube, April 24, 2014,

[57] See “Affaire autoroute Est-Ouest: la Cour suprême n'a pas encore statué sur le pourvoi en cassation,” HuffPost Algeria, January 25, 2017,…; and African Development Bank, “Chinese Investments and Employment Creation in Algeria and Egypt,” Economic Brief, 2012,; and Lamine Ghanmi, “Algeria’s domestic auto industry plans hit serious snags,” The Arab Weekly, July 23, 2017,….

[58] Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck and Lena Benabdallah, “The China Syndrome,” Diwan, November 18, 2016,; and African Development Bank, “Chinese Investments and Employment Creation in Algeria and Egypt,” Economic Brief (2012) 9,….

[59] The World Bank, Doing Business 2017, accessed August 23, 2017,

[60] International Monetary Fund, “Algeria: 2016 Article IV Consultation Staff Report,” IMF Country Report No. 16/127, May 2016,….

[61] K. Marret Bilali, “Algeria is still building Africa’s largest mosque but a budget crisis is holding it up,” Quartz Africa, August 17, 2017,….

[62] “Algeria recalls veteran crisis manager Ouyahia as Prime Minister,” Reuters, August 15, 2017,

[63] “More cabinet changes follow the prime minister’s removal,” The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), August 25, 2017, accessed August 26, 2017,….

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