Netanyahu confirms China trip, says US kept in the loop

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 20, 2017. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 20, 2017. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)

Prime Minister Benjamin confirms he will travel to China and say that the US has been kept updated with his plans.

The statement comes after the planned trip was revealed last night by Zman Yisrael, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site, and amid speculation that the visit signals Netanyahu’s growing impatience with Washington.

Netanyahu met today with a delegation of US Congress members and briefed them on his upcoming trip, a statement from Netanyahu’s office says.

“The upcoming visit will be Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fourth to China. The US administration was updated on it a month ago,” the statement says.

Netanyahu also told the delegation that military and intelligence cooperation between Israel and the US was at an all-time high and that the US would always be Israel’s principal ally.

The Biden administration has so far refused to invite him for a visit.

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