20 October 2018 - 12 Heshvan 5779 - י"ב חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט

After an historical visit to Singapore and then to Australia, in February Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived back in Asia and made an official three-day visit to China in March, accompanied by his wife Sara.

The visit followed an invitation by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and marked 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Beijing on 20 March and hosted an official dinner. Netanyahu also met with his Chinese counterpart, Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

In Beijing, Netanyahu was welcomed in the Great Hall of the People by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. The national anthems of China and Israel were played.

The visit stressed the continued strengthening of economic co-operation with the Chinese government, increased Israeli exports to China, attracting Chinese investments in Israel, and increased industrial and research co-operation between Chinese and Israeli companies.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was accompanied by a senior business delegation of dozens of Israeli businesspeople from the various industries and companies active in China, as well as from companies interested in penetrating the Chinese market. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin; Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen; Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis; Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “We will continue the talks on establishing a free trade agreement between China and Israel and we will hold the third joint Israel-China innovation conference. Of course we are continuing to develop new markets and to open new markets for the Israeli economy. I expect all ministers to co-operate on this, and they are doing so.”

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