Israeli MASHAV projects contribute to China’s development and bilateral ties
A ceremony was held in Beijing on Monday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MASHAV’s Activities for International Cooperation and the 15th Anniversary of Fruitful Cooperation between MASHAV and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) in China.
Ms. Tzipi Livni, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel (left); Mr. Yigal Cohen, an Israeli expert on dry farming who won the Friendship Award for 2007, the top honor offered by the Chinese government to foreign experts (middle); and Mr. Ji Yunshi, General Director of SAFEA are in attendance.
Cooperation between MASHAV (Hebrew acronym for the Center for International Cooperation) and the China Association for International Exchange of SAFEA Personnel began in 1992 when China and Israel established a diplomatic relationship. Training programs involve agriculture, environmental protection, education, health care and public management. More than 20 Israeli experts were invited to give on-site courses in China on agriculture, anti-desertification and water savings to 2,000 Chinese trainees; and 600 Chinese participants took part in similar training projects in Israel.
Ms. Tzipi Livni, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel (left), presents a gift to Mr. Ji Yunshi, General Director of SAFEA, at the ceremony.
Ms. Tzipi Livni, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, was present at the ceremony. She spoke highly of the bilateral relations between Israel and China; and hoped that the two countries will work together to help developing countries.
Mr. Ji Yunshi (Right), General Director of SAFEA, presents a gift to Ms. Tzipi Livni, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
Mr. Ji Yunshi, General Director of SAFEA, said that many areas in western China where natural conditions are similar to those in Israel have benefited from MASHAV projects. These projects have contributed to China’s Western Development Strategy; and promoted exchange and cooperation between the two countries. Ji said that MASHAV projects have become landmarks symbolizing the friendly cooperation between China and Israel.