China

  • For Olmert, Visit to China is Rich in Diplomatic and Personal Meaning

    For Ehud Olmert, it’s a state visit rich in both diplomatic potential and personal significance. The Israeli prime minister left Monday night for Beijing for a three-day trip aimed officially at bolstering already burgeoning 15-year-old ties and, more discreetly, at lobbying for a stronger Chinese stand against Iran’s nuclear program. Despite annual Israeli-Chinese trade that… More ▸

  • Israel-u.s. Dispute on Arms Sale to China Threatens to Snowball

    Israel’s close defense ties to the United States could be harmed by a little-noticed provision, buried in a defense appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, that penalizes nations that sell arms to China. Pro-Israel and Israeli officials insist that the provision, which bans procurement for five years of defense… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World on Mainland China, Jews Can Choose Chabad or Liberal

    Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known the world over as holidays when Jews come crawling out of the woodwork to attend worship services. The People’s Republic of China in 5764 is no different. The number of Rosh Hashanah celebrants in the Jewish communities of Beijing and Shanghai swelled significantly this year, as individual Jews… More ▸

  • Chinese Shul Named Endangered Site After Campaign Led by U.S. Expatriate

    Shanghai resident Seth Kaplan got tired of celebrating the High Holidays in rented hotel spaces while the city’s oldest intact synagogue sat empty, deteriorating just a few miles away. So along with others in his congregation of expatriates, Kaplan, 34, began advocating for the restoration of Ohel Rachel. Their efforts came to fruition recently when… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Israel Lobbyists Relieved After China Sale Canceled

    Israel’s cancellation of a $250 million sale of military technology to China is being is being seen as an effort to soothe U.S. criticism during Middle East peace talks at Camp David. Canceling the deal — for an early-warning radar plane system known as Phalcon — also removes a thorn in the side of pro-Israel… More ▸

  • Chinese President Departs Israel with Arms Sale Unresolved

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin has wrapped up a historic weeklong trip to Israel — apparently with no resolution of a controversy surrounding Israel’s planned sale of military technology to Beijing. China billed Jiang’s visit as a chance for him to discuss the Middle East peace process, but it was overshadowed by U.S.-Israeli tensions over Israel’s… More ▸

  • Barak Came to Talk Mideast Peace, but China Sales Raised U.S. Tension

    Despite friction over Israeli sales of military technology to China, President Clinton had a “good, productive, serious discussion” with Israeli Prime Minister Barak this week. Clinton said he feels encouraged that there is renewed energy in the Israeli- palestinian peace process. “We’ve solved everything,” Clinton announced jokingly at the end of a nearly four-hour Tuesday… More ▸

  • Chinese President’s Israel Visit Reflects a Deepening Relationship

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin is making a weeklong state visit to Israel, the first by a Chinese president. The April 12-18 visit reflects the deepening relations between Israel and China since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. Jiang’s visit comes after Israel decided to sell China advanced airborne radar systems — a move… More ▸