President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday took part in celebrations for China National Day hosted by Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin in Tel Aviv, marking 66 years since the independence of the People's Republic of China.
"Today we mark the anniversary of a modern event, but the history and culture that we celebrate goes back many thousands of years," stated Rivlin. "We see this reflected in our mutual understanding and in our close friendship. A friendship which honors and respects the oldest of traditions, but produces the most modern technology and economic development."
"I am especially proud of the cooperation between our two governments, and our peoples, on issues such as the environment, agriculture, and energy. Where we work together for a better and more prosperous future for all our children, for the whole world.”
Speaking about the rapidly growing economic ties between Israel and China, he noted that "in the current geopolitical reality our ongoing cooperation in many fields is more important than ever."
"The friendship between Israel and China, which reaches from one side of the world to the other, across great distances and between two peoples is perhaps the best example, that with shared understanding and mutual respect we can truly achieve great things.”
Yongxin then spoke, saying, "at present, the relationship between China and Israel is sound and steady. Our political mutual trust is strengthening and economic and trade links are expanding."
Recalling World War II, he noted, “seven decades ago, the rampant of fascism and militarism caused profound disasters upon the Chinese and Jewish people."
"During the darkest of times, both our two people extended hands to each other and supported each other. We will never forget. Let us join hands to create a better future for our two countries and nations.”