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Israel-China to launch a “comprehensive innovation partnership”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended this evening (22.03.17) his official state visit to China, after he held three days of meetings with the country’s leadership and business executives.


During Netanyahu’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Israeli Prime Minister declared Beijing’s decision to launch a “comprehensive innovation partnership between China and Israel” as a tremendous achievement for the Jewish state that would advance bilateral cooperation on a variety of sectors that would change the world for the better. we have signed many agreements but I think that your decision to announce a comprehensive innovation partnership between China and Israel is a tremendously important decision certainly for us and Israel and I believed through our cooperation for China as well. We admire China’s capabilities, its position on the world stage and in history we have always believed as we discussed on my previous visit that Israel can be a partner, a junior partner but a perfect partner for China in the development of the variety of technologies that change the way we live, how long we live, how healthy we live, the water we drink, the food we eat the drink we eat, the milk that we drink and in every area the vast and rapid changes in technology which Israel excels in, and we believe that we could cooperate in. We know that you have great scientists, great industrialists great capabilities and we think that by working together we can make the future better for our people but also I think for humanity as a hole so in this regard I want to thank you.” Netanyahu said.


Prime Minister Netanyahu, who seeks to enlarge Israel’s high-tech presence in China while encouraging further Chinese investment in the Jewish state, has signed a series of memorandum of understandings on strengthening bilateral relations between Jerusalem and Beijing. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its reliance on the region for oil. But, according to diplomats, it has been trying to get more involved, for example in efforts to end Syria’s civil war, making an effort to portray itself as an honest broker without the historical baggage the Americans and Europeans have in the region.