Cabinet ratifies bilateral economic agreement with China

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 1, 2012 17:15

The cabinet on Sunday ratified an agreement that is set to expand bilateral research and development projects between Israel and China.

The agreement will be overseen by the Chief Scientist's Office, and is one of 45 bilateral agreements that the office is promoting to increase joint economic activity with China.

Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon commented on the agreement, saying that it "is one of the most important tools available to promote trade ties with China, and includes the establishment of a special fund to support [Israeli] companies operating in China and India."

Speaking at the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that "we are hoping to reach our target of $10 billion in exports to China within three years."

He added that "in June, I will travel to China to promote this issue. Israel and China together is a winning combination because we are two peoples with magnificent traditions but that have also adopted the fundamentals of modernity."

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