Chinese dragon 521.
(photo credit: Lawrence Rifkin)
Israel-China trade grew in the 20 years since the countries established
diplomatic relations from $30 million in 1992 to some $10 billion in 2011,
China’s Ambassador Gao Yanping said Thursday.
Gao’s comments came at a
video conference at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, together with Israel’s
embassy in Beijing, marking two decades of diplomatic relations. Ambassadors
past and present from both countries took part in the conference and reminisced
about the first years of the relationship, which they helped
Israel’s envoy to Beijing, Amos Nadai, said the speed with which
the relationship expanded was “unparalleled.”
And Yang Fuchang, China’s
former vice minister of foreign affairs, said the only countries with which
China has a higher volume of trade are those that produce oil.
that while the Israeli-Sino relationship has had its “ups and downs,” and that
the two countries have “different views on certain issues,” these problems have
been dealt with in a way that kept the “long-term perspective” in
That perspective, she said, was the tremendous potential to be had
in coupling China’s massive market and abundant resources with Israel’s
technology and innovation.