In the original story, Aladdin was described as a young man living in China. Although Aladdin clearly is an Arabic name and although the story was picked up in Syria, the writer decided to situate Aladdin in China. Don't believe me? Google for the original text and read the first sentence: "Once upon a time there lived in a certain city of China an impoverished tailor who had a son called Aladdin." At the beginning of the story, a sorcerer, claiming to be his uncle, promised to make the boy a wealthy merchant. Instead, he used Aladdin to retrieve a magical oil lamp from a cave of wonders.
"The Great World History Book"