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China praises ‘innovation cooperation’ with Israel on 30th anniversary of ties

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China praised its friendship with Israel right this moment on the 30th anniversary of the 2 international locations establishing ties.

President Xi Jinping referred to as his Israeli president Isaac Herzog to “celebrate” the institution of relations between the People’s Republic and Israel. Xi explicit praised the innovation committee established between the 2 international locations.

“Since the establishment of the innovative comprehensive partnership between the two countries in 2017, exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been fruitful, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples,” mentioned Xi, per a Foreign Ministry assertion. “I attach great importance to the development of China-Israel relations.”

The China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation was established in 2014 as a dialogue mechanism between Israel and China on technological growth. The committee convened right this moment for a digital assembly, Israeli information shops reported.

“The Chinese, like the Israelis, are not afraid of new ideas,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted in regards to the assembly.

China and Israel’s relationship is essentially based mostly on financial cooperation, together with commerce. The Chinese state-run firm opened a port within the Mediterranean metropolis of Haifa final September to this finish. China views the port as a key a part of its Belt and Road Initiative, which goals to hyperlink world infrastructure.

The United States, which supplies Israel billions in assist per yr, has lengthy opposed Israel’s ties to China throughout Republican and Democratic administrations. Washington is especially involved about potential Chinese entry to Israeli know-how.

The Israeli authorities has reportedly advised the United States it is going to be extra clear about its dealings with China.

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