To achieve an immediate effect, SIGNAL aims to reach the elite scholars of China who impact Chinese policy and provide a platform for these influential Chinese and Israeli scholars to share ideas and analyses on subjects of pressing mutual interest and concern. SIGNAL achieves this through hosting delegations in Israel, establishing joint research projects and conducting strategic dialogues in China and Israel.
Through Conferences and Symposiums, Briefings, and Delegation visits, Joint research SIGNAL ensures an all-important continuous presence in China.
Conferences & Symposium:
In 2012, SIGNAL hosted and participated in geo-strategic and academic conferences across China. These academic gatherings serve to create strong relationships between Israeli and Chinese policy advisors on an intellectual and personal level. The result is a more free and frank exchange of ideas where Chinese scholars and experts can gain broader understandings of the Middle East.
SIGNAL was invited to participate in the conference hosted by the China Center for
Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) entitled “The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World and China in Development”.
CCCWS is the research center for China’s National Security Office and is based within the Internal Affairs department. Wielding great influence in Foreign affairs decision making, CCCWS is integral to the internal affairs department and is a relevant example of how government and Party employ academia.
SIGNAL co-hosted the premier Israel Studies Conference with Bar Ilan University, Shanghai International Studies University (SHISU) and Fudan University. Approximately 75 leading Israeli and Chinese scholars as well as Israeli and Chinese executives and energy experts presented at the conference. The conference featured 3 special panels: The place of Innovation in Sino-Israeli Business, The strategic importance of Oil Alternatives, and a closed session on Energy Security.
SIGNAL held the first China-Israel Strategy & Security Symposium. It was the first time scholars from China and Israel gathered to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. The event was co-hosted by the Center for Global Research in international affairs at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). It marked the largest delegation of leading Chinese scholars to visit Israel. In fact, SIGNAL’s Chinese guests noted that this was the largest group of senior level Chinese academics to ever attend any conference outside China.
Top-tier experts, opinion leaders and scholars from China and Israel were able to freely and openly discuss sensitive issues in foreign policy. Topics included bilateral counter-terrorism approaches, the spread of radical Islam, responses to revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East, ‘other nation’ interference in China-Israel bilateral relations, new strategies for natural resource exploitation in the Middle East and the influence of China’s foreign policy planning within the context of its economic development.
Briefings, and Delegation-SIGNAL Sino-Israeli Strategic Dialogues :
During 2012 SIGNAL conducted bi-monthly strategic dialogues in China with research institutes and academic institutions that provide analyses and policy recommendations to the Party and the government. The briefings provide a more accurate understanding of Israel and the region.
1.THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES (IISS) under The Party School of the Central Committee of the C.P.C – The Party School of the Communist Party of China (CCPS) is the most influential center in China. It provides advanced diplomatic training to all party officials and is currently headed by China’s next President Xi Jinping.
2. CHINA INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (CICIR) – Affiliated with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) and overseen by the Central Committee of the Communist Party, CICIR, with over 400 researchers, is one of the leading institutes in China, providing policy recommendations to the State Council.
3.CHINESE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (CASS), The Institute of West-Asian and African Studies and the Shanghai National Institute of International Strategy – CASS is a leading Chinese research center that provides policy recommendations to the State Council.
4. PLA CHINA STRATEGY CULTURE PROMOTION ASSOCIATION – Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University – The China Strategy Culture Promotion
Association is a research institute under the direct auspices of the Central Military Commission, one of five main decision making bodies of China.
5. XINHUA NEWS AGENCY – WORLD AFFAIRS STUDIES CENTER – The World Affairs
Studies Center provides original research in the field of international relations to its affiliated Xinhua News Agency and to China’s Politburo. Its research is supplied directly to the Communist Party’s leaders. The President of the Center personally advises the PRC’s Standing Committee of Nine, the body that runs China
6. CPC CHINA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY WORLD STUDIES (CCCWS) – As the research center for China’s National Security Office, it wields great influence in Foreign affairs decision-making. It’s Director General, H.E. Mr. Yu Hongjun, is also Deputy Minister of International Affairs of the Central Committee of CPC.
7. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF CHINA’S NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS
8. DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AT CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY
SIGNAL is advancing joint research and strategic briefings with universities and research centers across Israel and China:
Transportation Energy Security and Oil Alternatives: This project is a joint effort among leaders in this field in China and Israel. SIGNAL, the Institute for International Strategic Studies (IISS) at the Central Party School (CCPS) and The Israeli Institute for Economic Planning (IEP) are researching the risks of oil dependency in relation to financial and political stability. The project is investigating the potential of Oil Alternative technologies.