Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was warmly greeted in China for an official state visit. Prime Minister Netanyahu was accompanied to China with a delegation of Israeli economic officials and business executives.
Netanyahu visited the country from 6-10 May and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, leaders from the business community, toured a synagogue and talked with students via a live video-chat.
Netanyahu started his visit in Shanghai, where he held a series of meetings with Chinese government leaders. He visited a local high-tech industrial park and met with Israeli and Chinese business people. The Prime Minister also paid a visit to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Accompanied by his wife, he then toured the Ohel Moshe synagogue which was built in 1927 and served the war refugees who fled the persecution during the Holocaust.
The Prime Minister said that his visit was the closing of a cycle. He recalled his moving visit to the museum in 1998 and added that it was a monument to the good heart of the people of Shanghai towards the Jewish people.
As most of the world closed its doors to the Jews 70 years ago, Shanghai was among the few places that opened its gates. He added that while the fate of the Jewish people has changed significantly since then, today the Jewish people has a state and army of its own, and no longer needs to plead to be rescued.
In the synagogue guest book, Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote to the people of Shanghai and the Hongkou district that the Jewish people would never forget the refuge and the kindness that they were afforded during the Nazi period, and added his greetings from Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister then flew to Beijing on 8 May and was welcomed by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at an official ceremony in the Great Hall of the People.
“My main message in this visit is that Israel can be a perfect junior partner for China in the pursuit of economic excellence and competitive advantage by offering our technological capabilities. We are a small country, but we have a great concentration of technological prowess in many disciplines and I think we can cooperate by scaling up these technologies for the benefit of both countries,” Netanyahu stated.
At a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, an agreement was signed for a financial protocol. The protocol of US$400 million is a bilateral financial agreement that allows for the growth of Israeli exports to China by means of state guarantees in support of long-term export deals. Since the signing of the financial protocols with China, 236 deals worth US$771 million have gone forward.Please login or register to see the full article