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22 November 2017 - 5 Kislev 5778 - ה' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Israel embassy website in China the most popular E-mail

According to Israel Today, the website of the Israeli Embassy in China on the Chinese social media network Sina Weibo is the most popular of all foreign embassies, with 1.9 million followers. By comparison the US embassy has around 1 million followers.

The Weibo social media network has 600 million registered users, of whom around 300 million are active. In second place and far behind is the Canadian embassy, with 1.13 million followers. The US embassy is in third place with 1.035 million followers. In fourth place is the Brazilian embassy, with around half million followers, and in fifth place is the Japanese embassy, with fewer than half a million followers. Then followed by South Korea with 396,000, Cuba with 359,000, Britain with 289,000, France with 255,000 and Russia with 167,500.

An article on the “What’s On Weibo” website offered an analysis of what makes the Israeli embassy in China so popular. The answer given is that in general, Chinese citizens have a very positive attitude towards Israel.

In addition, the activities of the embassy in Beijing and the Consulate General in Shanghai are widely appreciated. One such activity was when the Shanghai Consulate published a video clip of hundreds of Israelis, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, holding up signs in Chinese thanking the Chinese people for the shelter they gave to Jews during WWII.

After former Israeli president Shimon Peres passed away, half a million followers visited the embassy site and recorded their condolences, hailing Peres as a great friend of China.

Several articles about the Israeli embassy have been published in the Chinese media and by several leading Chinese bloggers.

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