Wednesday, June 22, 2016

China-Israel Relations: Israeli President Shimon Peres arrives in Beijing

Israeli President Shimon Peres met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday 8th of April in Beijing where he was welcomed in a ceremony where he and Xi inspected honour guards, before holding bilateral talks with both Chinese and Israeli delegations present. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited China in May of last year to meet with top leaders where Xi had urged Netanyahu to restart peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible, just days after Xi met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

President Peres and the Foreign Minister of China, Mr. Wang Yi joint statements  
The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, and the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Wang Yi, met today at the President's Residence in Jerusalem and delivered joint statements to the press. During the meeting they discussed the Iranian nuclear threat, the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and the strengthening of strategic relations between Israel and China. President Peres began the statements by welcoming his guest and said, "It is a pleasure and a privilege to have you here in Jerusalem. I thank you for the productive exchange we just had. Your visit here today represents the growing and strengthening relations between our two countries."