With both teams having been eliminated from quarter-final contention, pride was at stake and the unit from Far East rolled to a 90-58 success.
The Chinese put the result beyond doubt in the first quarter when they took a 27-9 lead.
Lu Lu had 16 points and both Meiling Zeng and Bowen Zheng weighed in with 12 apiece.
China led 15-8 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they closed the period with a 12-1 run that Mali never recovered from.
Fanta Toure had 16 points in defeat for the Africans.
Fourth is no good enough