Beijing says Olmert will visit next week

Meeting follows earlier tensions stemmed from China's invitation of Hamas FM.

January 4, 2007 12:53


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will visit China next week to mark the 15-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and to discuss the situation in the Middle East, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. Olmert will meet Chinese leaders in Beijing during his Jan. 9-11 trip to "exchange views in an in-depth way on the Mideast situation," ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a regular briefing, but did not give any details. "The Chinese and Israeli people share profound friendship," Liu said. "We hope this visit could further deepen our profound friendship and promote the development of bilateral relations and cooperation." Olmert will also attend a concert marking the anniversary, he said. Ties were strained last year after China invited the foreign minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority to attend a conference on China-Arab relations in Beijing. While China has growing economic and political ties in the Middle East, it has no direct stake in the tensions. But Beijing is eager to promote an image as a major power with global influence.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town