On May 31, 2018, the Jerusalem Post published Teaching Israelis about China based on a survey conducted in 2017 investigating The attitudes and perceptions of Israeli’s towards China, its people, and the Belt & Road Initiative. Led by SIGNAL, the project is the first of its kind conducted in Israel. The study was funded by China’s Ministry of Education and was initiated by SIGNAL Fellow, Dr. Li Wei, faculty and Research Fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at Northwest University in central China where SIGNAL has had an Israel studies Program since 2013.
The study was based on questionnaires administered in two phases to over 500 Israelis between May and June 2017 by leading Israeli pollster, Kalman Guyer. It revealed that majority of Israelis have limited knowledge of China and its people and that only 15% have heard of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), China’s mega-geo-economic initiative intended to span over half the globe and valued in the trillions of dollars. As the BRI presents tremendous economic opportunities for Israel, as well as multiple avenues for broadening cooperation with China, the article aims to disseminate our findings to the Israeli public to increase awareness about the BRI.
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