Grapevine: Diplomatic doings

China’s new ambassador-designate Zhan Yongxin wasted no time in getting to know people in Israel. Though yet to present his credentials, he hosted a getting-to-know-you reception at Tel Aviv’s Dan Hotel this week.

Zhan, who celebrated his 58th birthday last month and was born in the Jiangsu Province, has a master’s in economics – an asset given the number of business meetings between Chinese entrepreneurs and their Israeli counterparts he will have to attend, and the new Beijing-Jerusalem trade agreements he will have to witness. He has been in the Foreign Service for almost 30 years in a variety of positions; his posting in Israel is his first ambassadorial assignment.


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