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Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with their delegates, Beijing, May 9, 2013 (AP photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon).

Israel Deepens Asia Ties in Gradual Realignment of Foreign Policy

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

For more than 20 years, Israel’s ties with countries in Asia have gradually increased, enough to warrant talk of Israel’s own pivot to the region. But it is not just a pivot. Instead, it is a major realignment of Israel’s foreign policy on a broad scale, supported by geopolitical developments and motivated by Israel’s slowly eroding political relations with Europe and the United States.

The origins of this process can be found in Israel’s desire to stake out a claim in booming world trade with China, whose massive growth in recent decades could leave no trading partner indifferent. But what began as a purely economic objective has become a lot more than that. Today, it isn’t just China but also India that account for the lion’s share of Israel’s trade with Asia. ...

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