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President Xi ‘looking forward’ to Netanyahu’s Beijing visit, says Chinese envoy

In this handout photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) holds a autographed copy of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's book that was given to him by China's Ambassador to Israel Cai Run, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, July 26, 2023 (Courtesy)
In this handout photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) holds a autographed copy of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's book that was given to him by China's Ambassador to Israel Cai Run, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, July 26, 2023 (Courtesy)

Amid strained ties with Biden administration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with China’s Ambassador to Israel Cai Run and is gifted an autographed copy of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s book.

“The ambassador said the [Chinese] president is looking forward to the meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which will be held later this year in Beijing,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Netanyahu’s trip to China was initially planned for this month, but sources in the Prime Minister’s Office have said they believe it will take place in October, after the High Holidays.

While Netanyahu said he updated the White House ahead of time, some analysts and former security chiefs expressed concern that such a trip risked further straining ties with Washington, given longstanding US concern about China expanding its influence across the globe.

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