Chinese people in Mali

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Chinese people in Mali
Total population
3,000 (2014)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Chinese

There is a small Chinese community in Mali of about 3,000 people, mostly living in the capital of Bamako.[1] However, their economic impact is prominent; the Chinese have opened wholesale businesses, retail shops, small hotels and construction firms.[1][2] The Chinese immigrants are also visible in healthcare, having opened private medical clinics.[1]


The first wave of Chinese immigrants in Mali appeared in the 1990s.[1]

The community was setback in 2005 when stores owned by Chinese were damaged and looted by rioters.[1] However, the violence did not target Chinese and other neighborhood businesses were also attacked.[1]

Integration and community[edit]

Local popular support for the presence of Chinese is high.[1] However, there has been local concern over the robust level of competition from Chinese retailers and construction firms. Locals fear that although Chinese competition lowers the cost of goods, it also deprives nationals of business opportunities.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "China-Mali relationship: Finding mutual benefit between unequal partners" (PDF). Centre for Chinese Studies (Stellenbosch University) Policy Briefing. January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  2. ^ French, Howard (2014). China's Second Continent. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-385-35168-3.