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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Israel hosts representatives from China’s National Development and Reform Commission E-mail

In November, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with representatives from China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a macroeconomic management agency with broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese economy, to discuss ways to promote the trade between the two countries.

The meeting was part of the schedule of a three-day summit that saw upward of 200 Chinese officials and businessmen arrive in Israel for strategic dialogue with local businesses, entrepreneurs and officials.

The Chinese delegation is working on a programme optimising the ties in a number of key areas. Those include establishing a climate that’s conducive to business transactions between the two states, including assisting Israeli imports, launching more direct flights between the countries, encouraging contacts between businessmen and academics on both sides and, most importantly, signing a free trade agreement.

Israel has been seeking to establish a free trade zone with China for the last few years. During a July 2013 visit to China by then-Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Beijing agreed to conduct a special survey to assess the potential of a free trade zone.

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