Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »
At a state ceremony hosted by Chinese PM Li Keqiang in Beijing, Israeli entrepreneur Amir Gal-Or, founder of the Infinity Group, was presented with China’s National Friendship Award for his work promoting Israel-China relations.
By Hezi Sternlicht
China has awarded Israeli businessman Amir Gal-Or with the country’s highest honor for foreign citizens for his work in promoting Israel-China relations and his contribution to the field of innovation.
Gal-Or was presented with the National Friendship Award at a state ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Beijing ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, to be held Wednesday. Continue Reading »
The Chinese e-commerce giant ALIBABA has chosen Tel Aviv to be home of one of seven R&D labs to be built around the world in their $15 billion global research program called DAMO.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it is opening an R&D lab in Israel. Speaking at Alibaba’s Computing Conference in China, CTO Jeff Zhang unveiled a $15 billion global research program, which includes opening seven R&D labs worldwide over the next three years in Tel Aviv, Beijing, Hangzhou, San Mateo, Bellevue, Moscow, and Singapore. Zhang said that Alibaba is initially seeking to recruit 100 talented researchers from around the world. Continue Reading »
Acknowledging “a tremendous opportunity that will significantly boost Israel’s economy,” Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin, is in China to promote local investment in Israeli clean tech firms.
By Dan Lavie
An Israeli delegation headed by Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin is currently in China in an effort to bring together Israeli firms that specialize in green tech and Chinese companies looking to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the growing industry.
Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin with his Chinese counterpart Li Ganjie – Photo: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The delegation, organized by the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Economy and Industry Ministry’s Foreign Trade Administration and the Israel Innovation Authority, is comprised of representatives from Israeli clean tech companies. Continue Reading »
With 60 years of aircraft experience, Israel Aerospace Industries is further expanding by establishing for the first time in its history, an aviation academy for professional aircraft technicians in China.
By Udi Etsion
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a $10 million contract with the city of Shantou in Guangdong Province on Thursday to build a training center where Israeli teams will teach the Chinese to maintain passenger aircraft.
IAI has 60 years experience providing a full spectrum of maintenance, overhaul services & handling of both wide and narrow-body aircraft. – Israel Aerospace Industries website
The contract was signed as part of a conference for business cooperation between Israel and the Guangdong Province. Continue Reading »
The welcomed boom in tourism from China, with their increased spending over European tourists, have seen Israel’s hoteliers adapting, with changes in meals, accommodations, the color of flowers, and translated literature in the rooms to name a few.
By Amit Cotler
The Ministry of Tourism’s investment in promoting Israel in China has paid dividends, with a 68.6% increase from 2015 to 2016.
The ministry has invested nearly ten million shekels a year, and China’s largest private airline, Hainan, started offering flights to Israel.
A Hainan Airlines Airbus 330 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Paul Spijkers
The Ministry of Tourism’s data show that 79,268 tourists from China visited the Jewish state in 2016, but the ministry’s goal is to cross the 100,000 barrier in number of Chinese tourists per year. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Russia’s position on the matter has not changed.” The agreement between Jerusalem and Moscow continues to allow the Israel Air Force to carry out defensive actions against terrorist targets in Syria.
By Shlomo Cesana, Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a state visit to China, commented Tuesday on Israel’s recent airstrike in Syria, targeting a Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy, saying if a threat to Israel is detected it will be neutralized.
Flames and smoke from the Mazzah military airport outside Damascus, following an explosion at an ammunition and weapons stockpile attributed to Israel. Continue Reading »
“Israel is a country in high demand, as you can see from my past visits to Washington, Moscow and other countries and now China,” PM Netanyahu said at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport, as he boarded his plane to Beijing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in China on Sunday for a three-day visit aimed at boosting economic ties and marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu are welcomed by an honor guard upon arrival in China. – Photo: Haim Zach/GPO
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet in Beijing with the country’s three senior-most officials: President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and China’s parliamentary head Zhang Dejiang. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Finance minister says bilateral construction labor deal with China will help address housing shortage by bolstering undermanned construction sector, facilitating shorter construction time that translates into lower prices.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s construction sector, which has long suffered from a lack of sufficient manpower, received a boost on Wednesday after an Israeli delegation signed a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to bring more than 6,000 Chinese laborers to Israel in the next half year.
The agreement, which was signed following protracted negotiations, is slated to be made official in late February, the Israeli news portal Walla reported. Continue Reading »
With Africa’s rapid economic growth, a quarter of Israeli exporters believe that Africa holds the market where they can expand the most effectively, since China is currently suffering slight economic stagnation.
– Israel’s top Africa exporting partners are: Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
By Roi Bergman
Israel has been exporting more to Africa as the continent experiences significant economic growth and as the Chinese economy begins to weaken.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at summit meeting with leaders of 7 East African states – Photo: Israel’s GPO/Kobi Gideon
The Israel Foreign Trade Risks Insurance Corporation (ASHRA) has approved 28 deals to be covered by the insurance corporation. Continue Reading »
China’s glass bridge, that was designed by an Israeli architect, was temporarily closed due to the need for maintenance caused by the overwhelming volume of visitors.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Nearly shy of two weeks after China opened the world’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the suspended structure closed on Friday.
People visit a glass bridge at a gorge as it opens to the public in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. – Photo: REUTERS
The 430-meter-long skywalk suspended across Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province’s scenic Zhangjiajie National Park temporarily closed after opening to the public on August 20. Continue Reading »
With Israel seeing a 112% rise in tourism from China, governmental ministries & tourists organizations adapt to accommodate the significant influx.
By Danny Sadeh, Itamar Eichner
There was a 112 percent increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel last month, while the overall number of visitors from China since the beginning of the year rose 53 percent compared to last year.
According to the Tourism Ministry, some 6,400 Chinese tourists arrived in Israel in July 2016, compared to some 3,000 in July 2015. Since the beginning of the year, 38,832 Chinese visited the Holy Land, compared to some 25,000 between January and July 2015. Continue Reading »
Netafim CEO released a statement that the location for their first plant in China was chosen due to its low rainfall levels that has led to an increasing interest by local farmers to find innovative ways in water conservation.
By MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN
Drip irrigation and other water-saving technology will be getting a major boost in China, after Israeli drip irrigation leader Netafim opened its first production plant there on May 9. Netafim announced the inauguration of the plant in Yinchuan, the capital of the northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Stephan Titze, Eitan Neubauer, Israeli Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai and David Zeng, Managing Director for China at Netafim. Continue Reading »
Tourism from China grows 43% to some 50,000, from India up 13% to nearly 40,000 visitors in 2015, and with Chinese carrier to launch nonstop flights next month from Beijing to Tel Aviv, the Tourism Ministry sees visitors doubling by 2018.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Israel is looking east to China and India to help drive tourism, as visits to the country have yet to fully recover from the 2014 Gaza war, Tourism Ministry Director General Amir Halevi said.
Travelers at Ben-Gurion International Airport [Illustrative] – Photo: Yehoshua Yosef
In 2015, tourism grew 43% from China to some 50,000 visitors and the ministry sees that doubling by 2018. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu & Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong opened the 2nd meeting of the 2016 Israel-China innovation conference in Jerusalem at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By Office of the Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong declared the opening of talks on a bilateral free trade agreement, a significant step in relations between Israel and China.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chinese Vice Premier Liu – Photo: Haim Zach, GPO
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“I was delighted to hear today from Vice Premier Liu that China is prepared to begin free trade agreement negotiations with Israel. Continue Reading »