The French Senate expressed clear concern about the Algerian-Chinese rapprochement on the commercial, economic and satellite levels.
It said that China is developing silk roads with a new economic and technological concept from Pakistan to Algeria and Morocco, which requires French and European action to counter this Chinese extension.
This French reaction to the Algerian-Chinese rapprochement with other countries, economically, commercially was reflected in a media report of the French Senate (183 pages) dated March, 30, 2018 and was prepared on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Defense and Armed Forces.
“China is urging many countries to adhere to its space policy to launch satellites and is in the process of establishing silk roads with a new concept of economy, trade and space technology. This policy has accelerated in recent years”, the report said.
“As part of its policy to expand its space field, control and monitoring policy, China signed its first contracts in 2010 with Algeria, Pakistan and Venezuela. The contracts included Beijing carrying part of the financial cost of these operations”.
According to the authors of the report, this was through the launch of a modern Algerian satellite last December from a platform via a Chinese missile in the framework of a strategy to bear China part of the financial cost in addition to providing the satellite itself.
The report of the French senators on the Algerian-Chinese rapprochement in the field of infrastructure and facilities, explained that the country has completed the project of the East-West highway, which noticed a delay in delivery and the additional cost of real value and poor achievement and non-payment of workers in the project, without bearing responsibility to the Chinese companies.
“In the framework of the new Silk Road China launched several major projects for the development of facilities and infrastructure, which was manifested in Morocco through the new financial city of Casablanca and the commercial and industrial areas of Tangier”.
“In Algeria, as part of China’s new Silk Road Policy, Beijing is in the process of completing a new huge port, referring to the central port of Hamdaniyah near Cherchale, adding the Trans-Saharan Highway, which will boost exchanges between the two northern and southern desert regions”.
“France could win a share and cooperate with China on its large projects in Algeria and Morocco”.
“France pursue a national and European policy as a space leader to counter China’s expansion under the new Silk Roads”.
The report also recommended that China’s new silk routes should be monitored by France in Algeria, Morocco and other countries because it appears to have no purely economic goals.