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Asia Watch: In and out of focus

Asia Watch: In and out of focus Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Asia, China, Terrorism, Turkey    

Despite the saturation coverage and the massive police and intelligence effort, information on the perpetrators of the Bangkok bombing has been slow to emerge, with lines of inquiry centring on possible retaliation for the Thai government's decision to deport more than 100 Uighur refugees to China in late June, an alleged human trafficking ring and the apparent Turkish links among the several arrest warrants issued.

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'?

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'? Author: Yehonathan Tommer Categories: China, Israel    

Since Washington blocked some controversial Israeli arms sales to China in the late 1990s, Jerusalem and Beijing have progressively developed and deepened their economic, commercial and cultural ties. Israeli priorities are primarily bilateral, while China's eager demand for Israeli technology and know-how is a part of Beijing's global, multi-layered strategy for dealing with dependence on Middle East oil and energy supplies.

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement Author: Gabrielle Debinski Categories: Asia, China, India, Israel, Updates    

Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, touched down in Israel on Sunday for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior members of his ministry as well as leading Japanese business people. The trip, which came about through an invitation from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the wake of his recent visit to Japan in May, is expected to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries. In an historic move, Minister Motegi and his Israeli counterpart, Minister for the Economy, Naftali Bennett, signed a research and development (R&D) collaboration agreement, which will make official a joint commitment to collaborate on R&D projects initiated by Israeli and Japanese businesses and research centres. The agreement will be put into practice by the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) under Israel's Ministry of Economy.

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Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows Author: Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Categories: China, International Jewry, Israel    

"Do the Jews Really Control America?" asked one Chinese newsweekly headline in 2009. The factoids doled out in such articles and in books about Jews in China - for example: "The world's wealth is in Americans' pockets; Americans are in Jews' pockets" - would rightly be seen to be alarming in other contexts. But in China, where Jews are widely perceived as clever and accomplished, they are meant as compliments.

Asia Watch: All the Trees in China Author: Michael Shannon Categories: China, Israel    

China's pivotal role in the world economy can hardly be overstated. Yet the economic giant is increasingly looking to one of the world's smallest nations for those essential ingredients of innovation and expertise - Israel, of course. And like every other country, Israel is very keen to tap the Chinese economic behemoth.

A top-level Chinese delegation recently visited the Jewish state and, according to a UPI report, an Israeli official observed: "They don't care about the Palestinian issue. They want to talk about three things: Israeli technology, Israeli technology and Israeli technology."

The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome Author: Gordon G. Chang Categories: China, International Security, Iran    

In November, immediately after the announcement that Iran had reached a deal with Western negotiators concerning its nuclear program, China's former ambassador to Teheran, Hua Liming, made the case that Beijing - not the American Secretary of State John Kerry or the European Union envoy Catherine Ashton - ultimately deserved credit for brokering the agreement. "When the two parties came across irresolvable problems, they would come to China, which would ‘lubricate' the negotiation and put things back on track," Hua told Chinese state media.

The Beijing Express

The Beijing Express Author: Yehonathan Tommer Categories: China, Israel    

Israel can be China's ‘junior partner,' Netanyahu proposed to his Chinese hosts. Israel's innovative technologies can be utilised in development regions of China, and Israel can utilise Chinese manufacturing capabilities and management skills in large scale development projects, he said. Both sides see areas of synergy and complementarity.

Russia, China and the Middle East

Russia, China and the Middle East Author: Amotz Asa-El Categories: China, Israel, Russia    

The era of bad feeling that once governed Israel's relations with the eastern superpowers has been over for nearly a quarter-of-a-century.

Having exchanged ambassadors in the aftermath of the Cold War with both Moscow and Beijing, the Jewish State's trade with the two has since grown exponentially, as China became a major client of Israeli technology and Russia a major supplier of Israel's oil.

New Huawei allegations - Iranian partner breaching US sanctions

New Huawei allegations - Iranian partner breaching US sanctions Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Australasia, China, Updates    

There are new allegations regarding the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, with Reuters reporting that an Iranian partner of Huawei, Soda Gostar Persian Vista, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm.

This latest report of breaching US sanctions, may further undermine Huawei's concerted efforts to improve its image in Australia, following an Australian government decision in March this year to block Huawei from bidding on its National Broadband Network (NBN) due to national security risks.

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: America, Australasia, China, Updates    

In March this year the Australian government decided to block Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from bidding on the National Broadband Network (NBN) due to security risks.  Recently Canada stated its intention to exclude Huawei from helping it build a secure Canadian government communications network, due to security risks. Now a report by the US Congress on Huawei released on October 8 appears to support Australia and Canada's security concerns.

More on Israel's growing ties with China

More on Israel's growing ties with China Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: China, Israel, Updates    

In a quick followup to Sharyn Mittelman's recent blog on the growing numbers of international students who are coming to study in Israel and learn how Israelis innovate, the China Daily is the latest newspaper to run a story about this phenomenon, highlighting that China's growing ties with Israel are becoming more public within China and that more Chinese are starting to sit up and take notice of the benefits of the relationship.

 Iran and the Huawei controversy

Iran and the Huawei controversy Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Australasia, China, Iran, Updates    

Recently the Australian media has been focused on news that the Australian government blocked the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the national broadband network (NBN).

While most commentators are discussing the cyber security concerns, few are raising Huawei's questionable activities in Iran - with reports that Huawei empowered the Iranian regime to track dissidents during the 2009 demonstrations.

More on Israel-China relations

More on Israel-China relations Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: China, Israel, Updates    

Burgeoning relations between Israel and China has been the focus of considerable attention in recent months, including from us here at AIJAC (see here and here)

Now Israeli journalist Oren Kessler has written a new piece which is a must read for anyone interested in this subject - it's entitled "Shalom, Beijing" and appears in the American publication Foreign Policy this week.


Israel's Chinese Puzzle

Israel's Chinese Puzzle Author: Yehonathan Tommer Categories: China, Iran, Israel    

Over the past 10 to 15 years, China has become a rising power in the Middle East, rivalling the United States and Russia for strategic influence.

Its presence in the region rests squarely on a strategic relationship with Iran, and friendly, interlocking relations with Arab oil states to ensure a constant flow of energy resources to fuel China's insatiable economy, and to contain separatist movements among its Muslim Uighur Turkic ethnic minority in Xinjiang province, northwestern China.

Russia and China veto Syria sanctions

Russia and China veto Syria sanctions Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: America, Asia, China, Russia, Syria, United Nations, Updates    

After weeks of controversy over a Palestinian statehood bid of little real consequence, some in the UN have been attempting to shift their focus onto one of the many situations in the world in which innocent people are being killed on a daily basis. To this end, the UN Security Council attempted to pass a motion to prevent Syria's ongoing crackdown on dissenting citizens. Initially, the European countries were attempting to sanction Syria through imposing an arms embargo. As Foreign Policy's UN correspondent Colum Lynch reports, even a watered-down version of this that merely condemned Syria and did not call for any tangible sanctions was vetoed by Russia and China...

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