Follow-up with Wang Qishan’s visit to Israel and three reasons of his trip to Middle East

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan landed in Israel on Money, officially making him the highest ranking Chinese official to visit the Middle East country in the past two decades. Before this, the most recent official of his stature to visit Israel was then-president Jiang Zemin in 2000.

According to schedule, Wang Qishan is to be in Israel from the 22-25th of this month to take part in the fourth joint Israeli-Chinese Innovation Summit, besides meetings with leaders from different sides of the Middle East.

Local media reports that shortly after arriving on a special Air China flight, Wang Qishan headed to the Old City of Jerusalem, which Beijing does not recognize as Israeli territory, and visited the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Later in the evening, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, welcomed the Chinese Vice President to the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem. Netanyahu hailed the relationship between Israel and China, saying “It’s a sign of our growing friendship,” and “that is a tremendous compliment to Israel and a reflection of the growing ties between China and Israel. ”

The following day, Wang Qishan held talks respectively with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

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, according to Jerusalem Post.

Late Tuesday afternoon Wang met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who says, “The relations between China and Israel are excellent, based on mutual respect, a shared past and a promising future.” Rivlin recalled the strong ties between the Chinese and Jewish peoples, nothing that there had been a Jewish community in China as early at the 10th century CE.

On Wednesday, Wang joins Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again to participate in the Fourth China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation (JCIC) meeting at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, where both leaders are expected to jointly issue public statements.

“The JCIC convenes annually, alternating between Beijing and Jerusalem. This year, the Chinese delegation to the meeting will includes high ranking officials such as ministers and deputy ministers from 13 Chinese government ministries,” the Israel Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Chinese delegation to the event included Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng, Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming and Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin, as well as other senior officials.

Eight joint agreements are due to be signed at the conference in science and technology, life sciences, innovation, digital health and agriculture.

Ahead of his visit, Israeli officials were quoted as warning of getting too close to China as the Asian giant could pose a possible security risk. Anshel Pfeffer with Haaretz said “Wang’s arrival is is a coup for Benjamin Netanyahu.”

China-Israel relation has been shadowed a decade ago with the Phalcon crisis in which Israel, under U.S. pressure, canceled the sale of surveillance planes to China, and a subsequent clash with the Chinese over the sale and maintenance of military drones.

In recent years, improvement of relations has been seen with trade and more investment from China.

Israeli exports to China increased dramatically, by 62 percent, in the first eight months of 2018 compared to last year — from $2.14 billion in 2017 to $3.5 billion — according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Imports from China were up by 10%, from $4.45 billion last year to $4.9 billion in 2018.

According to Time of Israel, Chinese companies invested $16 billion in Israel last year, particularly in high-tech, and China is now Israel’s second-largest trading partner, eclipsed only by the United States. But it’s not just tech. Israel has issued 20,000 work visas for Chinese construction workers and they’re not building only neighborhoods, as they are now around the world; Chinese companies are also bidding on, and winning, major infrastructure projects.

Chinese companies are building and will be operating the new ports at Haifa and Ashdod. If they win the planned tender to build the new rail line to Eilat, it will give China a stake in all three of Israel’s main sea outlets.

The Economist recently reported that Shanghai International Port Group has been building a new commercial shipping facility in Haifa, Israel’s busiest port, where the country’s fleet of submarines, believed to possess nuclear capability, docks.

“Israel’s strategic allies are in the West, the United States and the European NATO members. China is a strategic ally of the Iranians and has sold them nuclear technology,” Former Mossad Chief Efraim Halevy has raised his criticism of Chinese growing influence in the country.

Halevy warns that should China have to choose between Israel and Iran, or any other Middle Eastern enemy of Israel, the choice will be clear. Some eager Israeli businesspeople talk up Israel’s prospects of being part of China’s global “Belt and Road” investment plan. But Israel is not part of the “new Silk Road.” It isn’t on any of the routes and more savvy Israeli entrepreneurs are aware of a darker side of the Chinese investments.

According to Chinese exiled billionaire Miles Kwok, Wang Qishan has three purposes in his trip to the Middle East: technology in Israel, petrol in Saudi Arabia and making troubles for Miles Kwok himself who has tremendous business cooperation in the Middle East.

“Wang Qishan is clear that Donald Trump has his problems in the Middle East, and his collaboration with Israel is a strong force to counter Donald Trump, and his solution is to give Israel better deals with more money for Netanyahu, “says Miles.

In petrol, Wang would play around with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other OPEC nations, alluring them to pay more with Chinese yuan instead of US dollar, half and half in Saudi, or 20% dollar-80% yuan in Iran. This way, Wang Qishan transfers the US dollars away into his own so-called “state-owned overseas security accounts,” Miles remarked.

To Miles’s business partners in the Middle East, Wang must also have his own minds to make troubles as he has been accused by Miles of numerous crimes in corruption and murder, especially of former HNA Chairman Wang Jian.

Miles says earlier this week that the death of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi is an important event in the Middle East, similar to the death of former HNA Chairman. No doubt that the murder was done by Wang Qishan and his HNA Group, according to Miles, and to some extent, Saudi Arabia is very much like the CCP regime. None of them is a government, only a family business.

“When we compare the death of Khashoggi and that of Wang Jian, we can see what the Saudis have done was somewhat awkward, of low level, while the skill of the CCP in the murder is much more professional and with smarter minds because they have been accustomed to killing”, Miles says in his whistle blow.

But in the eyes of western journalists, Saudi Arabia has more accountability than the CCP when it comes to reporting. Major western media like CNN carry their own reports on Khashoggi, while all of them have kept their mouths shut on the case of Wang Jian. “This tells the widespread influence of the CCP in the western world by way of Blue-Gold-Yellow (BGY),”remarked Miles.

With related intelligence in mind, both Miles Kwok and the Trump Administration will keep a close eye on the developments of the Middle East these days and Wang Qishan’s activities during the Innovation Summit.

“I’ve sent my agents too”, says Miles Kwok, “upon an invitation of the tech innovation summit”.

By Cloudy Seagail and Staff reporter

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