On June 4th, 2015 SIGNAL Executive Director, Carice Witte and INSS Senior Researcher, Ambassador Oded Eran hosted the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) – the largest NGO network in China for an academic seminar focusing on One Belt One Road and NGO cooperation between China and Israel.
The discussion focused on China’s rapid economic development and the effort by China’s leadership to help integrate more of its people into modern China. CNIE Deputy Secretary General Shi explained that through the development of the New Silk Road, China’s One Belt, One Road program, China hopes to contribute to stability in the Middle East. Deputy Secretary General Shi added that OBOR is to work as a cooperation initiation for bi/multilateral corporation because corporations and NGOs have entrepreneurship that government cannot replace. “China hopes to see peace and stability in the Middle East so there can be people-to-people communication and peace.”
Israeli participants in the seminar such as former Mossad Director, Efraim Halevy, shared the Israeli perspective on China’s efforts in international forums regarding the Middle East.
The event took place at the Institute for National Strategic Studies(INSS) in Tel Aviv.