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May 8, 2013 12:24 pm

Netanyahu Meets With China’s Premier, Talks Economic Ties and Peace Process

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Benjamin Netanyahu with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at an official welcoming ceremony. Photo: Israel GPO.

Three days into his visit to the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally received his official welcome at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Netanyahu reiterated at the start of their meeting that followed that he was there to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

“I think that we can greatly enhance this future by our cooperation. My main message in this visit is that Israel can be a perfect junior partner for China in the pursuit of economic excellence and competitive advantage by offering our technological capabilities,” the Prime Minister said.

The Chinese premier met at the beginning of the week with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the issue of peace with the Palestinian Authority was not lost on Netanyahu, who told his Chinese counterpart “that it’s important for us to discuss with you how we can cooperate not only on economic and technological issues but also the pursuit of peace.”

“I’m ready to exchange views with you today on how to strengthen our bilateral relationship, how to enhance our bilateral cooperation and also on regional issues such as the question of Palestine and the Middle East process,” Li told Netanyahu.

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  • steven L

    Mr. Li will explain BB how to deal with Muslims the Chinese way.

  • Michael

    …Smart move, Benji, in fact a master stroke – whilst all eys are fixed elsewhere

  • Otto Schiff

    I think this describes a very useful meeting.
    China can be a very impotant partner

  • …and Israel would gladly welcome more Chinese restaurants!!

    Ehhhhh, skip the pork, pliz!!

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    There is one thing about the Chinese which has always been part of their character, and it is thus, China is most concerned about saving it’s own face and extending less respect to other leaders. Her Emperors were virtual despots, this still runs in the blood.

    I cannot imagine what economic growth China expects to achieve through Abbas bearing in mind he is more or less a puppet of Islamic terrorism. It surprises me China does not recognize this fact.

    Mr. BN on the other hand, shows amazing fortitude in view of being kept ‘hanging about’ by arrogant Orientals. Further the bad press coming out of Syria and the rest of ME, Mr. BN maintains a patient and dignified stance. China may be a major world player, she still suffers from corruption within her government, the division between wealth and poverty is enormous, many rural Chinese suffer badly. Israel is a truly democratic State where as the rest of the Middle East is not.

    • Moshe


      • Yossie

        Don’t trust the chinese too far

    • steven L

      The ME is the main supplier of the brown gold to China.