Israel and China Take a Leap Forward—but to Where?

After decades of almost no interaction, relations between the two nations grow increasingly warmer and closer. There’s plenty of good news—and, for Israel, plenty of risk.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 9, 2013 in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon-Pool/Getty Images.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 9, 2013 in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon-Pool/Getty Images.

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Nov. 5 2018
About the author

Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author, most recently, of 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder (HarperCollins, 2017).


In March 2017, President Xi Jinping of China hosted two important visitors from the Middle East. The first was King Salman of Saudi Arabia, whose country’s oil supplies are crucial to China’s energy and economic outlook. The second was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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