Sunday, March 19, 2017

Netanyahu’s China Visit Is All About Business

Prime minister has taken about 100 businesspeople as well as four ministers on trip this week.

Ora Coren

HAREETZ - Mar 20, 2017

 When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off for China Saturday night, it was a very different kind of trip than the one he had made to Russia the week before.  Accompanying him to Beijing Netanyahu had no less than four ministers (though not Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who bowed out because of political dispute with the prime minister) and no fewer than 100 businesspeople and academics. These include makers of agricultural and desalination technology and two of Israel’s biggest banks, venture capital funds and even corporate lawyers.  Although Netanyahu’s round of meetings with Chinese leaders – including President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang as well as a host of business leaders – will deal with security and diplomatic issues, the Prime Minister’s Office said that trade and investment cooperation is at the top of the agenda.