TEL AVIV (Feb. 5)
Israel and China have begun talks aimed at normalizing relations between them, according to a recent report in Ma’ariv.
It said that Reuven Merhav, director general of the Foreign Ministry, met with Chinese government officials in Hong Kong several days ago to discuss the matter.
Israel will open an office in Beijing soon for the exchange of scientific information. Official circles in Jerusalem see it as a first step toward establishing higher-level relations.
Representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Israel Academy of Sciences visited Beijing recently and selected a building to serve as the Israeli office, the Ma’ariv report said.