By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
THE JERUSALEM POST \ 10/27/2015
The Israel Academy of Science promoted scientific ties with China even before diplomatic relations were established in 1990. An Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities delegation to Beijing has signed an agreement to continue and expand scientific cooperation in China. The original accord was signed in 1991, soon after diplomatic relations between the two countries were established. Prof. Ruth Arnon, the outgoing president of the academy in Jerusalem and a distinguished Weizmann Institute of Science researcher, headed the group and reported that they received an exceptionally warm reception. Their Chinese counterparts praised Israel and its scientists for their achievements. The academy acted early - already in 1990 - to promote scientific ties with China involving water and agriculture, even before diplomatic relations were established. Arnon said at the ceremony that the academy was thrilled to be a “pioneer” in advancing the countries’ scientific ties.