Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress of China, is scheduled to visit the Knesset this coming Tuesday as a guest of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.

The National People`s Congress is the national legislature of the People`s Republic of China.

Following the welcome ceremony, Dejiang will sign the Knesset guestbook and a memorandum of understanding between the Knesset and the Chinese parliament. Later, he will hold a work meeting with Edelstein and the head of the Israel-China Parliamentary Friendship Group, MK Erel Margalit.

Chinese Parliament Speaker Dejiang to visit the Knesset next week

(Edelstein and Dejiang in China, archive photo)

During his visit to China a few months ago, Knesset Speaker Edelstein invited Dejiang to visit the Knesset in order to sign a cooperation agreement between the two parliaments.

The Knesset delegation to China was headed by Edelstein and also included MKs Yaakov Perry, Elie Elalouf and Michal Rozin, as well as Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller-Horowitz. During the meeting with Dejiang, Edelstein addressed Israel`s wish to cooperate with China on various issues related to the environment, renewable energy, agriculture and anything else that may contribute to peace and stability in both regions.

The Knesset Speaker told his counterpart that, in light of China`s contacts with Arab countries, he would appreciate China`s assistance in promoting cooperation between Israel and its neighbors.

Dejiang, for his part, spoke of China`s role in saving Jews during World War Two, and Edelstein said the Jewish nation and the State of Israel were grateful to the Chinese people for these efforts.