A leading think tank affiliated with the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is one of the most important institutions generating research on global and domestic issues in China. Building on our previous interchange with the Academy, SIGNAL welcomed a CASS delegation, arranging their itinerary in Israel to interact with leading Israeli experts and local institutions in order to contribute to their knowledge on the dynamics of the Jewish State and the region. The delegation was headed by the Director, Tang Zhichao and senior researchers at the Academy’s Middle East Studies in Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS).
The CASS delegation commenced their visit by attending presentations at the Institute for National Security Studies delivered by senior research fellows, Dr. Yoram Schweitzer, head of the Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict and Dr. Shlomo Brom, head of the Program on Israeli-Palestinian Relations. Following the talks on political affairs, the delegates were introduced to the business environment in Israel through being visiting Yigal Arnon & Co. where they met with Mr. Simon Weintraub of the international corporate department and co-chair of the firm’s emerging China desk. Responding to a request by the Academy, presentations at this meeting were delivered on the bilateral relationship between China and Israel, especially under the Belt and Road Initiative, Israel’s view of China’s diplomatic policy and role in Middle East and features of venture capital of finance and science in Israel.
On the following day, the delegates attended a meeting at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). In order to inform the delegates on regional matters, presentations were delivered by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments and Dr. Harold Rhode, SIGNAL Senior Fellow and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. The presentation topics as requested by the delegation were current development trends of the Middle East and the development of the Islamic State, influences and challenges.
The delegation from CASS constitutes part of SIGNAL’s ongoing program to build ties between leading experts and think tanks in China and Israel. Through the facilitating regular delegations between the two countries, SIGNAL continues to advance mutual understanding between the countries on areas of common concern.