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Vol 3 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2010


The highway on trial

As the graft wars intensify between factions of the Algerian government, several officials are appearing in court in connection with irregularities on contracts with Chinese companies in the East-West Highway project. Beijing denies all wrongdoing and Ambassador Liu Yuhe dismisses accusations of corruption against CITIC-CRCC (a consortium of CITIC Group and the China Railway Construction Corporation) in the East-West contracts as ‘without foundation’. Instead he seems to blame Western companies for the corruption probes, arguing that some of Algeria’s traditional partners ‘felt threatened by the Chinese presence’.

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