The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoav Biron, departed today for a working visit to China.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoav Biron, departed today (Sunday, 6 June) for a working visit to China. During the visit, Mr. Biron will meet in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Relations of the Chinese Communist Party, Ma Wenpo.

The Director General will chair a meeting of Israeli Heads of Mission in China, which will take place in Beijing. He will also participate in working meetings at the Consulates General in Shanghai and in Hong Kong.

The Director General’s visit is intended to boost cooperation and reinforce the dialogue between Israel and China. Mr. Biron will brief the Chinese leadership on Israel’s positions in relation to recent regional developments.

Trade between the two states has increased impressively over the years, reaching over USD1.6 billion in 2003, making China Israel’s most significant trade partner in Asia.

This visit by the Director General forges another link in the chain of mutual VIP visits that have been taking place regularly between the two countries; the most recent was the official visit of President Moshe Katsav to China last December.