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May 9, 2013 8:40 am

Netanyahu Meets With Chinese President, Visits Great Wall as China Visit Nears End

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Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping May 9, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

On his penultimate day in the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing to continue talks with Chinese officials that would strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.

“My proposal is to have a government-to-government systematic plan to make partnerships between Israeli technologists and experts and [their] Chinese counterparts, on a level of senior officials, based on China’s five years plan, and I think that we can achieve even greater successes working together,” Netanyahu told Xi.

Xi told Netanyahu that his meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the day before was “very productive” and thus his visit has “already yielded rich fruits.”

The Prime Minister also visited China’s Great Wall and vowed to fortify Israel’s borders against external threats.

“Just as the Chinese defended themselves by barricading themselves behind the Great Wall, so to will we [Israel] fortify ourselves along the southern border, the Golan Heights and all fronts,” the prime minister said during a brief stop and photo opportunity with his wife, Sara, at the Great Wall.

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