Blue Book

In 2015, China’s scholar community included Israel into the Blue Book Series. The Blue Book is an annual Chinese language publication on domestic issues and country studies.  It serves as a reference for policy experts, scholars, Party and Government officials in China. The country studies provides a profile of states deemed important to China. The subjects addressed include economy, society, scientific and technological development and education.  There are Blue Books on a select group of countries including the USA, Germany, UK and France.

The Israel Blue Book was initiated and is edited by Professor Zhang Qianhong, author of China’s official History of Israel. Prof. Zhang is a member of the CPPCC (China People’s Congress), Vice President of Zhengzhou University (overseeing 66,000 students) and the Director of SIGNAL’s Israel Studies Program at Henan University. The Israel Blue Book is published by the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China’s premier research institution in the field of social sciences and a close affiliate of SIGNAL’s.

SIGNAL contributes to the publication, providing original source material to the Chinese authors.  SIGNAL is also responsible for engaging Israeli and Jewish scholars and professionals to write on specialized topics such as Israel-China relations, US-Israel relations, and the status of global Jewry. SIGNAL’s involvement is in line with its mission to bring an accurate understanding of Israel, its people, and the region to China’s current and future thought leaders.

Security topics on Israel and the Middle East
By: Major General Yaacov Amidror

Since the first Jewish immigrants began returning to their rightful homeland, even before the declaration of an independent State of Israel, they have faced violent opposition from their Arab neighbors.

Israel is completely unique not merely as the world’s only Jewish state, but as the only democratic, non-Muslim country in the Middle East, whose population differs from its neighbors in culture and language. The Muslim states recognize that Israel’s government, economy, advancements and integration in the global community set it apart regionally, and this fuels their feelings of animosity towards Israel.

As such, the Jewish State draws on a number of cultural and historical values to ensure its survival. It continues to overcome numerous geographic, political and socio-economic asymmetrical disadvantages when compared to its Arab neighbors. Israel understands that it is alone when it comes to self-defense and cannot rely on external actors to assure its security. Thus, Israel has taken decisive measures to become independently responsible for its own survival. Israel does this by developing strong human capital, military and defense industries, and by building close relationships with global powers and the Jewish diaspora.

The Jewish People in 2017 Fault Lines Threats and Opportunities
By: Shalom Lipner

World Jewry, numbering approximately 14.5 million, is comprised of two main nuclei: the State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. While the Jewish world functions as one family, it is not immune to challenges and disagreements. Differences in lifestyle, ideology, and even interpretation of the Jewish faith are the subjects of regular debate. Living outside Israel and the USA is the balance of the Jewish Diaspora – 17% of the Jews in the world — dispersed across more isolated communities in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.

Strikingly, despite the geographical and philosophical distance separating between them, contemporary Jewry still remains united around a common foundational legacy. Its fidelity to core principles dating back thousands of years has ensured Jewish solidarity in the face of adversity. This cohesion manifests itself in a number of ways, including fundamental support for the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish People and a communal infrastructure that supports the interests of Jews in their respective countries of residence.

Israel-China relations 2016 Blue Book
By: Carice Witte and Yehudah Sunshine

Israel-China relations represent a marriage of two ancient peoples with strong cultural identities, who have made a resurgence as leaders of modern global development. The two nations’ success stories are based on the principles of hard work and devotion to learning and education, and it is these similarities which serve as a foundation for the growing cooperation to thrive between the two.

2016 saw bilateral ties between China and Israel expand at an unprecedented rate on a number of different platforms. These include strengthened political and diplomatic dialogue, a growth in trade and investment, expansion of science and technology cooperation and numerous business and government delegations visiting each other’s country.

Academic cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two nations continue to expand and are key to developing a mutual cultural understanding, and strengthening the foundations for fruitful future relations.

Israel & The Belt & Road Initiative Blue Book Essay
By: Carice Witte & Yehudah Sunshine

Israel’s growing ties to the PRC and its increasingly astute understanding of the possible political and economic impact of the BRI in the global order has brought about a rise in Israeli engagement with China. Examples of this engagement include Israel’s charter membership and participation in the AIIB and various projects in the context of security, resource management, academia and technological innovation.

Combining the strategic value of Israel’s physical location, (which could play a role in the transport of Chinese goods to African and European markets) with the game changing technological advancements being developed in ‘Silicon Wadi’, Israeli expertise appears to have many applications within the BRI especially in the fields of security, big data and water management

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