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Algeria’s Controversial Chinese-Built Mosque Is Finally Open

Algeria inaugurated the Great Mosque of Algiers on Sunday, the largest Muslim place of worship in Africa, for which construction was completed in 2019. Built by a Chinese firm, the project is controversial because of delays and the huge cost involved ...

Chinese Weapons Giant Norinco Wants to Expand Its Business in West Africa

The Chinese state-owned arms manufacturer Norinco opened a new sales office in the Senegalese capital Dakar this week as part of the company's effort to expand its business in West Africa. The company is already a major supplier to militaries ...

China Is Going Big in Algeria and We Should Pay Attention

By Lukas Fiala With most commentators and analysts playing a rhetorical game of hide and seek with Qin Gang, China’s now-former foreign minister, it’s easy to miss what really mattered over the past week and a half. One event we should ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Algeria Formally Applied to Join BRICS Bloc and Pledged $1.5 Billion to New Development Bank

Algeria formally applied to join the BRICS bloc and pledged $1.5 billion to become a shareholder in the group's New Development Bank. The offer came at the end of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's five-day visit to China on Friday, when he also met with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei in Shenzhen. 

Security, Energy Top Agenda in Algerian President’s Talks With Xi

“China is our most important friend," declared Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in his opening remarks during talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Abdelmadjid met with Xi on Tuesday during a high-profile five-day visit that is being closely watched by ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Algerian President In China to Push BRICS Membership, Economic Engagement

Algeria’s President Abdelmajid Tebboune is on a state visit to China. The visit, which will occupy most of the week, is seen as an attempt to raise Algeria’s international prominence and diversify its economy. Tebboune, who spent two days in Qatar on the way ...

Why More Young Chinese Professionals Are Looking For Work in Africa

Near record high levels of youth unemployment in China is prompting more young graduates to look abroad for work, particularly in Africa. Recruiters say they can't find enough people to work in both private companies and Chinese state-owned enterprises as translators, ...

Algeria is the Latest Developing Country to Get in Line to Join the BRICS Group

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially submitted its application this week to become a new member of the BRICS club. Algeria now joins a growing list of developing countries, including Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, that all want to join the Chinese-initiated group. ...

Arab Barometer: Arab Publics Favorable Views of China Decline the More They Learn About Chinese Foreign Policy

Two of the lead researchers at Princeton University's Arab Barometer public opinion survey project shared some additional insights about the findings from their 2021 poll on how people in the MENA region perceive the United States and China. Michael Robbins, director ...

China and Russia Join Military Skills Contest in Algeria

Soldiers from China and Russia joined counterparts from thirteen other countries in a military skills competition that kicked off this week in Algeria. Participants will compete in activities like parachute jumping, shooting and driving tanks. Other participants include India, Vietnam, Mali, Congo, and Venezuela. ...
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