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Netanyahu Touts Israel-China Security, Economic Ties During Beijing Visit

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Photo: Haim Zach/GPO. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted security and economic cooperation during his visit to Beijing Monday, which marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Jewish state and China.

“We are in a technological age, on the one hand, and I think Israel and China can discuss many ways for technological cooperation, which I think seize the future,” Netanyahu said during remarks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at Beijing’s Great Hall of People.

“And at the same time there’s a great deal of convulsion in the world, including in our part of the world, and I’d like to have the opportunity to exchange views with you to see how we can cooperate together for the advancement of security, peace and stability — and prosperity,” Netanyahu added.

Li said that “the Chinese people and the Jewish people are both great peoples of the world,” adding that China seeks to play a constructive role for peace, stability and development in the Middle East.

Earlier Monday, Netanyahu met with the heads of nearly a dozen of the largest corporations in China about investment in Israel.

“I just met with 11 heads of the largest corporations in China,” Netanyahu said following the meeting. “A large portion of them are investing in Israel and a large portion of them will invest in Israel. This means jobs, the development of businesses and a link to the major Chinese markets.”

Israel and China signed three bilateral agreements, including one allowing 20,000 Chinese workers to obtain visas permitting them to work at Israeli construction sites.

Chinese and Israeli officials also agreed to accelerate the establishment of a Free Trade Zone between the two countries, an issue that has been under discussion for several months.

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