The State of Israel and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on January 24, 1992. Since then, bilateral relations have witnessed rapid development in all fields.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the People’s Republic of China and at the invitation of Mr. Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert paid an official visit to China on January 9-11, 2007. This was the third visit by an Israeli prime minister since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During the visit, Prime Minister Olmert met with China’s President Hu Jintao and held talks with his counterpart Wen Jiabao. The leaders of the two countries explored avenues for promoting Israel-China bilateral relations and discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern. In particular Prime Minister Olmert raised with his Chinese hosts the importance for international peace and stability of a resolute and effective international response to the nuclear ambitions of Iran and its radical leadership. The two prime ministers also attended a signing ceremony of bilateral agreements in various fields.

Prime Minister Olmert also conducted several meetings related to the furthering the development of economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Olmert delivered a congratulatory address at the beginning of the Gala Concert to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The concert featured a joint performance by Israel’s famed singer David D’or and the renowned Chinese vocalists Yao Hong and Wang Haitao, accompanied by the National Opera House of China, who performed together on one stage, combining Israeli and Chinese melodies and songs.

 Israel and China mark 15 years of diplomatic relations
 Israel and China mark 15 years of diplomatic relations

PM Ehud Olmert and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in Beijing (11 Jan 2007)