Long-time trading partners China and Algeria agreed on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation in security and national defense, among other areas, boosting Beijing’s already strong ties with a major country on the African side of the Mediterranean. .
According to a joint statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, after Algerian President Abdelmadjid Taboun met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, the two countries supported each other’s core interests and each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Also agreed on the protection of
The North African country is of strategic importance to China due to its location on the Mediterranean Sea. Relations between Beijing and the ruling National Liberation Front go back to the late 1950s, when Algeria sought independence from France.
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In 2014, the two upgraded their relationship to a so-called comprehensive strategic partnership, with gas-rich Algeria the first Arab country to establish such a partnership with China.
In their statement on Tuesday, the two sides agreed to deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership, stressing the need for closer political and security cooperation.
China’s security agreements with other countries have raised suspicions. Earlier this month, the United States, Australia and New Zealand demanded the Solomon Islands’ prime minister reveal details of the Pacific nation’s policing agreement with Beijing.
According to the joint statement, China and Algeria agreed to work together to fight against extremist terrorist organizations within their borders and to support the security efforts of other countries, including Somalia and Sudan.
Algeria, which has successfully combated domestic terrorism, has long expressed its interest in helping its neighbors in the fight against terrorism, as France, a former colonial power in the region, provides regional counterterrorism. Attempts at terrorism have been withdrawn.
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Teboun, on his first visit to China since becoming president in 2019, said Algeria is also ready to deepen its partnership with China to help his country’s economic development.
Tebowen visited Beijing after an official visit to Russia last month, during which he appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to include Algeria in the group of emerging markets that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Support BRICS membership.
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China welcomes Algeria’s desire to join BRICS and supports its efforts to achieve this goal, according to their statement.
Xi said the two sides will also cooperate in aerospace, infrastructure, nuclear power, petrochemicals and renewable energy.
“The two countries have supported each other through thick and thin,” Xi said.