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Zev Sufott, Israel’s first ambassador to China, dies aged 86

British-born Sufott was wounded in battle during Israel's War of Independence, and joined the Foreign Ministry in 1950.

By Mordechai I. Twersky 

Hareetz  | Apr. 21, 2014

Zev Sufott, a British-born diplomat who served as Israel’s first ambassador to China, died April 18 in Tel Aviv following a battle with cancer. He was 86.
“He was a pioneer,” said Reuven Merhav, who, as Israel’s former director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recruited Sufott for his first China post as a “Special Advisor” in 1991.
When Israel established full diplomatic relations with China in 1992, Sufett was appointed Ambassador. “Forty years after first learning Chinese he saw this as the closing of an historic circle,” said Merhav, who served as Israel’s consul general in Hong Kong.

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