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Diplomacy

Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan meets Israeli and Palestinian officials on Mideast tour

  • Wang held talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2018, 3:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2018, 4:46am

China’s vice-president has met with Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a three-day trip to the region.

Wang Qishan visited the West Bank on Tuesday, where he met Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, laid a wreath at the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and toured Bethlehem’s Nativity Church.

Later, he met Israel’s largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. Rivlin said relations between the two countries were “excellent.”

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Wang’s trip to Israel illustrates the warming ties between the two countries. They have become close trade partners, with China showing interest in Israeli developments in agriculture, water and other environmental technologies.

Wang, a confidant of President Xi Jinping, is one of the most senior Chinese officials to visit Israel since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1992.