TEL AVIV (JTA) – Â Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met withÂ Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong to announce a binational agreement to foster innovation, as well as an agreement to cooperate during emergencies.
“There’s a natural affinity and friendship between the ancient people of China and the ancient people of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement Monday. “We are both rooted in great traditions, but we also are absolutely determined to seize the future, and I welcome you in that spirit to Jerusalem and in the hopes of seizing the future together.”
The announcement was one one of several events in Israel this week highlighting Chinese-Israeli collaboration. On Monday,Tel Aviv University announced the launch of a research and innovation partnership withÂ Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The partnership, which will have a budget of $300 million, will operate on both campuses and focus on scientific innovation and education, according to a press release.
Liu will also speak at the Israel Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Knesset will host an Israel-China Economic Summit.