Israel's Strategy toward China Doesn't Conflict with American Interests—It Serves and Reinforces Them

Partnering with Beijing can help stabilize the Middle East; partnering with Asian nations threatened by Beijing can help build a counterbalance to Chinese power.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) meets China’s Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on September 2, 2018. LINTAO ZHANG/AFP/Getty Images.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) meets China’s Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on September 2, 2018. LINTAO ZHANG/AFP/Getty Images.

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Nov. 19 2018
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Eran Lerman is vice-president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and teaches Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Shalem College.


Last month, Wang Qushan, vice-president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), paid a visit to Israel during which, together with Prime Minister Netanyahu, he attended the fourth session of Israel’s Innovation Summit. Also attending the conference was Jack Ma, founder and CEO of the global conglomerate Alibaba, who has made Israel one of his favorite destinations—which is another indication that Chinese business leaders take Israel seriously despite the obvious discrepancy in the two countries’ size and population. The visit, and the pattern of cooperation established by previous sessions of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation, lend weight to Arthur Herman’s description in Mosaic of the fast-growing relationship between these two dramatically unequal but mutually respectful peoples of ancient lineage.

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