Ambassador Gao Yanping meets with Deputy Prime Minister of Israel
（From Chinese Embassy in Israel）
On January 16th, Ambassador Gao Yanping met with Mr. Dan Meridor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy. Mr. Dai Yuming, Counselor of the Embassy, and Mr. Gilad Heller, Deputy Prime Minister's professional adviser, were present.
Ambassador Gao said, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel 20 years ago, bilateral relations have been developing rapidly. Fruitful results achieved in substantial co-operation between two sides in the fields of politics, economy, trade, science and technology, agriculture, culture, education etc, which have brought tangible benefits to both peoples. Soon the two countries will celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations, which is an important milestone in the history of the bilateral relations. As the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China's to Israel, she would make every effort to further promote the friendship between the two peoples, and deepen the substantial cooperation in various fields between the two countries. Ambassador Gao hopes that Deputy Prime Minister Meridor would continue to play a positive role in supporting friendly and co-operative relations between two countries. It is believed that under the joint efforts of the two governments and the two peoples, Sino-Israel relations will have a brighter future.
Deputy Prime Minister Meridor pleasantly recalled his visit to China a few years ago, and said with emotion that the Jewish people and Chinese people enjoy a long-standing friendship, which laid a solid foundation for further development of bilateral relations. The Government of Israel attaches great importance to relations with China. Two sides have made impressive results in cooperation and exchanges in various fields. The cooperation and exchanges between the two countries have broad prospects. As a senior governmental official in Israel, He is willing to continue to make positive influence in supporting the development of Sino-Israel relations and the deepening of cooperative relations in various fields.
Ambassador Gao and Deputy Prime Minister Meridor also exchanged views on international and regional hot issues of mutual concern.