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Israel, China Economic Cooperation in Focus With Chinese FM Visit to Jerusalem; Iran Nukes Also on Agenda

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Israeli President Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem, on December 19, 2013. Photo: GPO / Mark Neiman.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Israeli President Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem, on December 19, 2013. Photo: GPO / Mark Neiman.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was offered an Israeli welcome fitting of a head of state this week, with meetings in Jerusalem with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on Wednesday and Thursday, as each side made it clear what they sought to gain from their budding alliance.

For China, the goal was commerce, and specifically, access to Israeli technological know-how. For Israel, the business angle is a boon, but its more pressing aim was to secure a strong international partner who can echo its concerns over Iran’s nuclear program to sometimes deaf ears in Washington.

At their meeting in Jerusalem, the Chinese foreign minister told Netanyahu that he had “come to pursue stronger cooperation between our two countries.”

“Our two economies are highly complementary, and the mutually beneficial cooperation between us enjoys a very bright future,” he said. “During your visit to China this year, Mr. Prime Minister, you reached a very important agreement with President Xi Jinping, and Premier Li Keqiang of China on how to further deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation between our two countries. I have come to explore with my Israeli counterpart on how to further implement all the important consensus and explore the various areas of even stronger cooperation between us so as to deliver greater benefits to both peoples.”

In that time since Netanyahu’s May visit, the two countries had signed a $400 million trade agreement, expanding bilateral trade to $2.05 billion; Chinese magnate Li Ka-Shing, among the nation’s richest billionaires, gave $130 million to Israel’s Technion University, to establish the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology, with Guangdong Province providing another $150 million for the campus —  the first time a school from any other country has been invited to establish an entirely new academic college based in China; Tsinghua University sealed an alliance with Tel Aviv University to develop life sciences research and development in China, along with a 100 million yuan ($16 million) investment to seed ventures created by the program; Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, which bought Israeli medical equipment manufacturer Alma Lasers in April, announced plans to open an Israeli technology incubator; and, in December, Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, one of the country’s oldest, largest and most emblematic technology companies (it turns sand into silicon), signed a deal in China to expand the distribution of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors into their market.

While the Chinese talked business, Netanyahu on Wednesday, and then Peres on Thursday, brought the conversation back to Iran:

“We believe that for the peace of the world, for the peace of the coming years and decades, Iran must be denied the capability – I stress the word – the capability to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “It must fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions. It must end all enrichment, dismantle its centrifuges, eliminate all stockpiles of enriched uranium and dismantle its heavy water reactor in Arak so that it will not be able to produce plutonium. I think that this is something that the international community in its entirety must stand firm on.”

After his meeting with the Chinese foreign minister on Thursday, Peres said, “The threat of a nuclear Iran must be met. The chance for peace must not be ignored. China, as a key player in the global arena can play a crucial role in the effort to prevent a nuclear Iran.”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “We talked about Iran and I told Mr. President that with joint efforts of the various parties, the P5+1 and Iran reached an important, also preliminary, agreement marking the first step towards the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.”

“What is important now is for all the parties concerned, Iran included, to fully comply with their respective obligations and responsibilities prescribed in this deal and for all the parties to work together to uphold the international non-proliferation regime and for promoting peace in the Middle East region,” he said.

Experts watching the dance between Israel and China said the closer ties, on both fronts, make sense.

“The reality is the ideas, the joint ventures, the high technology, is all coming from the Chinese working with Israeli companies,” said Dr. Joseph Pelzman, Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law at the Institute for International Economic Policy the Elliott School, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and a permanent visiting professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, in Be’er-Sheva.

“The Chinese are fully aware that all the inputs, the microprocessors, the semi-conductors, are coming from Israel, and Israel is more than willing to help them innovate.”

Prof. Pelzman, who spent the past year as a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, said that what the two countries also share is the same model, publicized by Israel in the 1960s, where the policy was to invest in public education and growth.

“Although lots of Western countries paid lip service to that theory, China really was the only one that ran with what Israel did, and used the Israel model to develop so quickly, and this has just been in one generation.”

But while China can certainly be at the table as a global economic power, the question of its influence, on behalf of Israel, in political matters remains to be seen.

“On one hand, the Chinese can certainly appear as honest brokers to the Arabs,” Prof. Pelzman said. “China doesn’t need their oil – they get all they need from the Russians, and the fields in Kazakhstan are close enough if they need more. And Israel has natural gas. The Arabs, except for the Emirates, have no technological innovation, anywhere. Meanwhile, the Chinese don’t have the long historical, European-based, anti-Jewish sentiment, while the Muslims in China have their own worries, so it’s not a question of having to appeal to any domestic concerns.”

“I think part of the Chinese perspective with being a new giant is playing with the big boys. As the biggest owner of U.S. debt, yes, there could be some leverage there. But they don’t really have any influence with the Iranians, no one really does, even the Russians,” he said.

“Everybody wants a piece of the Iran business, and what sanctions have done, in economic terms, is just the raise the price of doing business there.”

“Nothing has changed in Iran, it’s the very same people in power, the same Ayatollahs, with the same authoritarian system. Why should anybody expect it to be different now? They say one thing in English, another in Farsi, and another in Arabic. If they’ve learned Chinese, they’d say something different to them, too!”

Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister, visiting the Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, ended his visit on Thursday with a more positive, and philosophical note:

“I told the president that before I came here I went to the top of the Mount of Olives and saw the Old City,” he said.

“In these two kilometers I saw that it is home to a large number of holy sites of civilizations and religions. We hope and believe that the various religions and civilizations will be able to integrate rather than clash, learn from and exchange with each other rather than live in mutual estrangement. We believe this day will eventually come.”

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  • Hilda

    Fine that Israel is making friends with China. At last China does not have an anti-Semitic Muslim as president
    However will China save Israel from Iran?

  • To Tondolayo Lipschitz
    Chinese people are native people of China, just as Red Indians are native people of America; Jews are native people of Israel!!! The Red Indians land was robbed by those you which are not Naïve! Those who you cal totally naïve in UAS were mad to become naïve one by the Obama administration manipulating machine which derives from the doctrine of the ” Nobel Prize philosophy mind terror! First giving a prize to soften the ” Mind” and then attacked it! . Naïve people do not record private Mobil phones! In fact those naïve people you are describing are few which occupied the white house and are not the one who build USA, those naïve people did rob USA citizens ” Minds” in cooperation whit their native people from the Nordic Vikings lands which their nature can not nourish them, and therefore are high way ” Robbers” in a cowardly hided ” mind”, they ” borrow out guns to kill” whish is a coward man behavior! Just as it did happen in Libya, the ” Arab Spring” and back to June 8, 793 AD when Vikings went out robbing Europe, Russia, Island under intoxicated brains using natural narcotic plants ” Saape”, mains been out of reality where ” fear” does not exist. The Vikings did not reach China.
    To day they use other people as a method to kill each other by staging fake events, organizing different groups of people from all society levels in all countries, each organized group ” Does not know about other organized people groups in their own country!!!, all the organized people are ” Mind attacked” to kill each other without each organized people groups knows the ” Reason” of the killing of each other . Those cowards robbers from the Nordic lands and their descendents as Bill Clinton, they are with and against ” Man” in the same ” Time” mains your friend is not your friend!!! They are coward of their own nature, actually they are not dangerous to the world, because any unjustified killing will came to light by the nature law and of course to day under information technology which I’m using now and as Edward Snowden for example! Bill Clinton foundation is ” Fake”. Bill Clinton did attack the mind of the King of Norway saying is going to fix the future! Firs he must fix his own D. Bill Clinton is a robber who did bring USA to poverty collecting robbed money from Norway! This money belongs to Libya and his people!!! Bill Clinton want to fuck up minds of the entire world, which is a stupid thought, because the world population does not swallow his stupidity!!! Why? Because his has no culture background and the world ” Has culture”. Those coward people as Bill Clinton does target “defenseless and naïve people worldwide” including Ms. Obama! Obama is a victim, a naïve dreamer which did swallow Bill Clinton “mind game” whatever it will pass over and USA will come back to their roots of truth ” Freedom” and prosperity! How? USA will learn from China and the Jews! China and the Jews are willing to help USA! But first USA must stop targeting China and Israel – Chinese and Jews!!! And the Arab world!!! Russia as well! Is the only way to make peace among man on this planet! If not USA will loss no mater what! To day the world is “confused” which hundred of thousands people have been killed in the ” Arab Spring” for nothing at all, leaving people living in ” Fear” which is a ” Human crime committed by to coward Nordic people under the criminal tool of the “The Nobel Piss Prize”. This must stop! Actually USA citizens are not naïve people! They are lovely people! Only that Obama was targeted to become a president which fallows orders from those that stand behind him which made him a president! Obama probably is watching him self each morning in the mirror! Seen getting gray hair from problems he can not solve, and in top of it he was so amazed been a president that did pouched him to go for the killing of ” Gaddafi” he was played round by Bill Clinton to make ” Money” of Crime committed! Hillary Clinton must pay back to fife hundred millions she got from Norway! My country under a criminal government of Jens Stoltenberg! This did screw the mind of Hillary Clinton for Norway to keep Gaddafi money which is a lot more than the money Hillary Clinton got! This is a truth facts of staged fake events to rob ” Mans Mind” Hillary Clinton lost her dignity as a politician and I lost my art school Oslo Photo Art School which was ” Mind attacked” by primitive people of Norway ending Norway using my school as a cover up for Norway foreign affairs to recruit people to became political activist against their own governments as Norway did in China which I have clean and truth evidence. A crime under primitive Norway! My school had infiltrated students and teachers which were active in Thailand, Egypt, Colombia and South Africa which I didn’t know about until I was physically and mentally attacked which pushed me to find out the ” Reason” Norway did attack me. The reason is Norway ” Fear” for me to be aware of what Norway does for living! “Robbing” mans mind! We see what did happen in Egypt and what do happen in Thailand! I was clamed to be anti – Palestinian by Norwegian news paper Dagbladet without evidence! A democratic country task is to protect their citizen’s minds for been able to live in harmony among man and be able to work with unpolluted ” Mind”. I as school owner should not be clammed anti Palestinian even if I was one in Norway! What Norway does is recruiting people from foreign countries to fuck up their mind and in the same time to make money on their life’s, just as Norway did under WW2, Norway did make fortune in Nazi concentration camps which did give an economical start to fuck up the entire world to day! Robbing Gaddafi money, getting oil contracts under fixed deal with people which were made politician activist under Gaddafi leadership, who site in the Libyan government to day, which did fuck up USA economy! And has enormous negative influence in the global economy! Put that in mind! Mr. Tondolayo Lipschitz! Have a nice day and surely my information is useful to your ” MIND”

  • What a marriage made in heaven, the Jews who only have their brains and what they could hide in a small bag under their pillows when the pogrom came (diamonds and other precious metals) and the Chinese who have always stood for the Confuscian ideal of hierarchy and respect and order. Both with their mystical elements (Jews= Kabbahlah, Chinese= I Ching, Tao) which only means that’s these two are not just thinking outside the box, but thry are outside the box, looking in. Poor USA, totally clueless.

  • To Adeola Ikuomola

    You are a living dead man! Jews are not a baby of no one on earth! Jew is freedom fighters and is faders to the stat of USA in politics, science, education and law! Put that in mind! USA was never in danger from other countries, because the white man in USA is a guest on Red Indians land! And yet USA of to day government is cowardly hided behind “Man’s Mind attack” firstly against USA naïve citizens which did grow in blindly freedom! Against USA allies countries and against their own “Minds”! Who did drive the whole USA economy and foreign politic to a disaster! Put that in MIND! Chinese government work is a master genius work keeping a very big population in harmony as a whole which is a seldom done in history of mankind !

  • Answer to Jack.

    Interfering in others lands intern affairs is a “Crime” even justified! Tibet is a land culture neighbor to China; millions of Tibetans people did and does live in China for thousands of years and are Chinese! What few Tibetan tells to the world is manipulated staged information which is false! The Nobel prize to Mandela is fake! Mandela was a slave of white people for many years, when Mandela got the Nobel Piss Prize he became slave of his own ” Mind”which did drive him into blindness ending up keeping robbed money from Ms. Gaddafi! Gaddafi was ” Mind” attacked by staged false events which did drive him into madness!!! Gaddafi was not a dictator! He was a funny naïve man! His children are more cultivated than Norwegians which did fuck up Gaddafi’s Mind! To rob Gaddafi mind and money, a lot of money! In South Africa and in Norway national bank! Hillary Clinton got fife hundred millions Norwegians crones cash money of the crime committed by Norway highway robbers! The Killing of Gaddafi does harm USA economy!Many African countries stop to do business whit USA! Many African countries were terrified seen what did happen to Mr. Gaddafi and could do nothing because Norway did corrupt EU with a fake Nobel Prize and a lot of money to EU infiltrated people! No country could fight NATO and Obama administration! What Gaddafi did was not his own will! He was pushed to do what he did under destroyed mind living in “Fear” which was created by Norwegians experts fucking up ” Mans Mind”. Gaddafi did indeed send a delegation to Israel! Asking for help! Israel could do nothing because Gaddafi came too late!!! In all USA is harmed economically, politically and no one trust USA to day! USA a wonderful country will never be what is was! It will take maybe hundred years to reaper the face of USA! And one USA ambassador was killed under first Norway responsibility for the killing of USA ambassador! Obama administration and EU are also responsible for the killing of the USA ambassador in Benghazi! When I did see how Gaddafi was killed,I did cry in me seen the brutal primitive world of Norway robbers! Gaddafi was so naïve having a private pilot which was a Norwegian one! What I’m writing is not a fantasy; it is the real truth reality! Bill Clinton and Obama were in South Africa! For what?China did not get in the way in Libya! China does business! Win – win business for all parts! Concerning Tibet! I tell you if the situation of Tibet was the apposite situation no Chinese was life to day!!! The Nobel Piss Prize is a criminal institution which is an old ritual from the Viking ideology of god of war ” Odin”ã€‚

  • Excellent, informative article; must read for anyone interested in world affairs and the politics of economy and ideology.


  • Kris Kristian

    Time for Israel to cut her ties with USA while under Obama administration, and look at China.
    Soon, China wil be bigger and more important to Israel than USA..

    Obama and his cronies, Kerry etc, and EU, with that witch, Cathrine Ashton, are going all out to destroy the only Jewish state.
    The ONLY state in the entire ME where the Christian community is increasing, unlike in Arab Is,amic states, where Christians are being murdered and their churches destroyed

  • The Christian world was and is mind divided, living in “Yea and Nay” reality which does not exist! Old Nietzsche did say sorry for it! Nietzsche in his old days did find out the reason which did pushed him to write “The birth of tragedy”, the reason was false and had nothing to do with reality! He did say sorry for it! The American philosopher William James in USA good days did also reject the ” Yea and Nay” believe, he did say that it was a philosophy which had noting to do with reality, it was a ” Disease” which was not welcome into USA. The fact that Obama administration did record the wonderful German country leader Mobile private talks for years is an evidence of ” Yea and Nay” behavior which is now in USA government! Not in the majority of USA citizens! In China to day! Because of what is happening in the global world out side China! Seeing what did happen to Mr. Gaddafi and the Arab world and Israel do unified the entire Chinese minds awareness of the cultural values which is “Freedom”. When man knows what he does! It is Freedom! The recording of the wonderful German leader private mobile talks is not Spying! It is a crime against “Mans Mind”, it is about controlling mans ” Mind” to attacked it in planned schedules time! Of course it will go BUST! Obama got the false Nobel Peace Prize!

  • We Jews trust Chinese people and the Chinese government as a whole! China is of ” calm” and harmony among man! This is because China and Israel knows what is to be attacked by outsiders for thousands of years! Which actually did shape both Nations Minds!China is a Nation of peace!
    The cooperation between China and Israel is a very important cooperation for the entire Global world! For peace and prosperity for all man on this planet! One World One reality!

  • jack

    The Chinese may not have “the long historical, European-based, anti-Jewish sentiment” but Tibet tells the world that they are no stranger to the ethnic purge.

  • Adeola Ikuomola

    Yes, Washington is throwing the baby away with the bath water. Beijing has come to rescue the same child from imminent death