China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation
China and Israel hold the 2nd Meeting of China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation CooperationApril 08th, 2016
On March 29, 2016 Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel co-chaired the 2nd meeting of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation in Israel. They presented proposals to deepen Sino-Israeli innovation cooperation. Annual trade between China and Israel stands at around 10 billion US dollars, and that kind of strengthened cooperation could double it.
Liu Yandong and Benjamin Netanyahu jointly attended the release ceremony of the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park and other projects as well, and witnessed the signing of 13 cooperation agreements on visa facilitation, scientific research, agriculture, higher education, culture and others. In her speech, Liu said that initial achievements have been made in bilateral pragmatic cooperation in such areas as science and technology, education, culture and health.
JCIC was established in 2014 and it is an important G2G platform that promotes innovation cooperation in various fields and encompasses ministries and government agencies from the two countries, as well as leading universities and research institutions. They agreed they should further expand the space for innovation cooperation and extend the range of practical cooperation and explore new models and ways to constantly raise the cooperation level in multiple areas including modern agriculture, clean energy, biological medicine, advanced manufacturing and utilization of water resources.
China and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1992. Since then they have developed increasingly close commercial, military and strategic links. China is Israel's third largest trading partner globally, and largest trading partner in Asia. But when it comes to China-Israel political ties, however, the question of Iran remains a major stumbling block. Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat. Despite close relations between they divided on few other topics as the issue of Palestine, Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, economic blockade of Gaza, and the Israeli West Bank barrier wall.
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Urška Čelig, CD News