Despite its gigantic size and copious water supplies, China is similar to Israel
in its thirst for water, Li Guoying, China’s vice minister of Water Resources,
emphasized at a conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Li was speaking at a
session on “Israel-China Cooperation in Water and Environmental Technologies” at
the Water Technology and Environmental Control (WATEC) Exhibition and
Conference, organized by the Israel Trade Fairs Center and Kenes exhibition
Participating in the trilingual Chinese-English- Hebrew session
were a couple of hundred visitors from China interested in doing business with
Israel’s water industry.
Although China contains about a sixth of the
world’s water supply, considering its huge population, this represents an
insufficient quantity, Li explained.
“Israel and China are far away from
each other, and the situation of the two countries is different,” Li said. “But
for water use and water we have the same target, and we want to use the water
for more scientific and industry and environmental purposes.”
already employs a wide range of water sector technologies, Li stressed that he
is interested in continued collaboration with Israel.
“We want to share
with Israel to develop this,” he said. “I hope to enhance cooperation between
China and Israel.”
Wang Junmin, deputy party secretary of Shandong
province, said that during his stay here, he is studying how Israel depends on
water technology to strengthen the country and hopes to do the same to enhance
“Water is the base of economic development,” Wang
With a population of 96 million people, Shandong is located in
China’s east, next to the sea, and thrives on agriculture, he explained. The
province signed cooperation agreements last year with Israel toward industrial
development, and Wang said he looks forward to cooperating on water conservation
and to reuse mechanisms, as well as strategies, for water in agriculture. In
particular, he expressed hopes that Israeli enterprises will open their doors in
Pan Huageng, president and general manager of the Dowell
Technological & Environmental Engineering Co., recalled that two years ago,
he addressed WATEC and spoke of a future Sino- Israeli International Water
Industrial Park to be based in China’s Guangdong province.
“In two years,
we made our promise true and we did more than we promised,” Pan said.
2011, Guangdong province signed economic agreements with Israel, and in 2012 a
cornerstone-laying ceremony for the park occurred, Pan said, adding that
construction of the full site is underway, and by 2014, the province will be
able to accommodate in-house companies. The Chinese representatives are doing
all in their power to attract Israeli companies to develop technologies there,
“This park is supposed to be the center of the new industry,”
Pan stated. “We will continue our promise. We will make it a center of
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