Right things done in Kubuqi desert: Israeli ambassador

13:10, July 10, 2011      

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By Fang Yang

Amos Nadai, ambassador of Israel to China, spoke highly of the desertification control efforts in the Kubuqi desert of China during an exclusive interview with Xinhuanet here Saturday.

"It's a huge area, which is more than half of my country," Nadai said, "I see a lot of planting and it's very beautiful."

Nadai was here for the 2011 Kubuqi International Desert Forum held in the Kubuqi Desert, Inner Mongolia of China.

As a small country with half of its land being desert, Israel has to work very hard in desertification control and has accumulated a great deal of experience.

However, Nadai praised China's efforts in learning new technologies applied in the Kubuqi desert.

He said that China takes this very seriously and has developed really rapidly.

"They are doing the right thing; they bring here every two years the best experts from all over the world, and they listened carefully," he said.

Nadai said that he saw the way people here fight against desertification, develop tourism, boost the use of clean energy, and he was very impressed.

That's why Israel is happy to cooperate with China in this field, Nadai said.

He also introduced a long-term project that Israel has been working together with China in Xinjiang, which Israel introduces methods to the local farmers that can grow the same amount of crop by using 50 percent less of water.

"The local people have learned everything that we can offer them and they can do it alone now," Nadai said.

The ambassador, who was awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Chengdu City, the capital of Sichuan Province, Wednesday, said: "I am very very excited for that honor."

Source: Xinhua
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