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Chinese, Israeli leaders congratulate on anniversary of bilateral ties

(Xinhua)

10:32, January 25, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday exchanged congratulatory messages with their Israeli counterparts Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Hu said the friendly exchanges between the Chinese and the Jewish people go back to ancient times.

Since the forging of official ties 20 years ago, friendly cooperative ties between China and Israel have been developing continuously, and the exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in politics, economy and trade, culture, science and technology, agriculture and education have yielded fruitful results and brought tangible benefits to the two countries and the two peoples, Hu said.

China attaches great importance to advancing Sino-Israeli ties and is ready to make joint efforts with Israel to take the celebration of the 20th anniversary as an opportunity to further consolidate the traditional Sino-Israeli friendship, deepen mutual cooperation in various fields, increase personnel exchanges on multiple levels, and promote a continuous development of friendly Sino-Israeli cooperative relations, he said.

For his part, Peres said Israel and China established official diplomatic ties 20 years ago, which brought the friendship between the two countries to a historic high.

He believed that the Israeli-Chinese friendship, which is based on a shared history, common values and ancient culture and tradition, will prevail.

Peres said his country pays great attention to its ties with China in all areas, and is willing to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with China in science and technology and other fields.

In his message, Peres wished the Chinese people a "Happy New Year" in the Year of the Dragon.

On the same day, Chinese Premier Wen also exchanged congratulatory messages with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Wen said their bilateral friendly cooperative relations have continued to grow over the last 20 years.

Political exchanges between the two countries have been increasingly close, economic and trade cooperation have continued to flourish, and pragmatic cooperation in culture, science and technology, and agriculture has been fruitful, Wen said.

China and Israel have their own advantages, as well as huge potential and broad prospects for cooperation, the Chinese premier said.

China is ready to continue to expand and deepen its friendly bilateral cooperation with Israel and raise Sino-Israeli ties to a new high, Wen said.

For his part, Netanyahu said the Chinese and the Jewish people have always been friends.

During the past 20 years, China and Israel succeeded in forging a stable and diversified partnership, he said.

The Israeli side is ready to fully explore the potential of bilateral ties and continue to expand cooperation in science and technology, sanitation, agriculture and environmental protection technologies and other fields with China, Netanyahu said.

He believed that there will be more opportunities to further consolidate the friendship between the two peoples and deepen bilateral cooperation in the future.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also exchanged congratulatory messages.

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John at 2012-01-27113.231.243.*
I can see from the comments that there are still a few Nazi alive. Adolph would be proud of you
Huoqiao at 2012-01-2675.72.239.*
How could China have ties with Israel: Israel is a Judaism while China is Buddhism; Israel is bomb-a-way while China is bilateral; Israel is a state of the master while China is her own; Israel was war with all neighbors while China peaceful rise; Israel think they are the chosen while China is consider the sinner; Israel"s tools are exactly the same that would be used on China.
Michael Childress at 2012-01-2672.75.83.*
china celebrates relations with the most fascist country in the world today. congratulations!
SteveLaudig at 2012-01-2696.44.178.*
If the current Chinese government enables the current Zionist Israel government, then it is complicit in the injustice to the Palestinian people enjailed in the occupied territory. Current Zionist Israel is an outlaw.
  

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