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Israel’s Haifa port. Credit: Zvi Roger/Haifa Municipality.

Chinese-run port opens in Haifa, new port also in works in Ashdod

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Israel opened a Chinese-operated shipping port in Haifa geared to increase competition and the country’s status as a trading nexus. The 5.5 billion shekel ($1.7 billion) Bay Port at Haifa is being operated by Shanghai...
William Burns. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Report: CIA chief expressed concern to Bennett over Chinese investments in Israel

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Bill Burns told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a visit last week that the U.S. is concerned about Chinese investments in the country, especially in the high-tech sector...
U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Credit: Peter Stein/Shutterstock.

Israel gives China a little taste of its own medicine at UN

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In a rare move, reportedly due to U.S. pressure, Israel joined a declaration this week criticizing China at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over human-rights abuses against Muslims living in the Xinjiang Uyghur...
Conceptual syringe, bottle and packaging of the Chinese/Brazilian Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19. Credit: cadu.rolim.

How China and Russia are using ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to enhance influence in the Middle...

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As countries step up their COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, the politics around vaccines has intensified. For Israel, which has become a world leader in vaccinating its own population, its reliance on Western-developed vaccines—specifically, the Pfizer-BioNTech...
Official website of Ali Khamenei, Supreme leader of Iran, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Iran-China deal is cause for Israeli concern

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While Israel was busy with the domestic political imbroglio surrounding last week’s Knesset elections, a strategic threat that could threaten the country’s very existence was developing. If the Iranian-Chinese alliance reaches its full potential, the Middle...
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Credit: Flickr/R. Barraez D'Lucca.

Pro-Zionist letter by ‘father of modern China’ Sun Yat-Sen resurfaces in Israel

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The original, signed copy of a letter written by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, considered to be one of the greatest leaders of modern China, expressing support for Zionism has been rediscovered in the archives of...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on March 21, 2017. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO.

US to Israel: China poses significant security threat to tech industry

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A senior Trump administration official has expressed concern about security threats posed by China to Israel’s technology industry, including China purchasing “Israeli civilian technology with dual-use that could pose a national security threat to...
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Aug. 24, 2020. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

US presses Israel to decrease its ties with China

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During their meeting in Jerusalem on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to further decrease relations with China, including limiting Chinese investments in Israel, reported Axios on Wednesday, citing U.S....
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters on Sept. 10, 2019, in the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks.

Pompeo: China ‘a growing challenge to the US, Israel, all free people’

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday expressed the need for Israel and the United States to confront the Chinese Communist Party. Speaking in a video address to the American Jewish Committee Virtual Global...
Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (center), Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zvi Hauser (right) and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman meet in Jerusalem, May 26, 2020. Credit: Matty Stern, U.S. Embassy in Israel.

Report: Israel plans to reject Chinese bids to set up its 5G network

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Israel is likely to reject Chinese bids for the building of 5G networks in the country, due to U.S. pressure and because of security concerns, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Tuesday. This comes as U.S. Ambassador to...