Israel and China’s new joint stamp issue 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Israel Postal Company)
The governments of China and Israel have jointly issued two commemorative stamps
to mark 20 years of diplomatic relations as a sign of cooperation between the
The theme of the stamps is “Symbol of Peace” – Israel’s stamp
shows a white dove and China’s shows a multicolored Bohemian waxwing.
ceremony was held to launch the stamps on Wednesday at the Jerusalem Music
Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
Present were Matan Vilnai, who will soon
be the new ambassador to China; Chinese ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping;
Chinese Parliament chairman Zhou Tienong; Israel Postal Company chairman Sasi
Shilo; Liu Minggaung, vice president of the China Post Group; and Yaron Ratzon,
director of the Philatelic Service.
The launching of the stamps took
place in China two weeks ago, attended in Beijing by an Israeli
Philatelic officials noted that the stamps are also a sign of
business, as in recent years, the amount of mail – letters and packages – sent
between the two countries had significantly increased. The figure is ahead of
mail between Israel and Germany, France and Greece, for example.
about once a year does Israel unveil a joint stamp issue with another country.
China does not tend to make stamp issues with other countries; it took four
years of negotiations with the giant of Asia to reach an agreement, the
Philatelic Service said.
Israel’s income from joint stamp issues can
reach hundreds of thousands of shekels a year, but the China-Israel stamp is
expected to achieve an income of more than NIS 500,000.
The dove stamp
issued by Israel is very similar to the Chinese stamp showing the Bohemian
waxwing, except that each one has a different star – one the sixpointed Star of
David and the other a five-pointed Chinese star.
The two countries’
postal companies signed a letter of intention to continue their successful
cooperative activities, expand and improve them. China and Israel want to
develop new electronic commercial services together.