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Chinese Ambassador To Israel Dies In His Tel Aviv Home

Leave a comment / By: chriscrown / 18 May, 2020 15:49:36PM
Chinese Ambassador To Israel Dies In His Tel Aviv Home

 

Israeli officials have revealed that the Chinese Ambassador to Israel was found dead in his Tel Aviv home on Sunday. Although the cause of Du Wie's death is not particularly evident at the moment, there are speculations it might be connected to coronavirus. 

Police already went to his home in the beachside city of Herzliya to carry out an investigation into his death. At the moment, officials are saying there is no indication that suggests there is foul play. Some Israeli media are reporting that the Chinese Ambassador may have died from a heart attack. 

Late Ambassador Du Wei was 57 years old and had previously served as envoy to Ukraine. Mr. Du was married with a son, although his family still had to join him in Israel. Israel's Channel 12 T.V., quoting unnamed sources, said initial indications were that Mr. Du Wei died in his sleep of natural causes. At this time, there was no immediate comment on Ambassador Du's death from Chinese officials. 

Upon his appointment as the Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Du praised the positive relations between the second-largest economy in the world (China) and Israel, the start-up nation. 

The death of the Ambassador came less than a week after the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem. Pompeo openly criticized China's actions during the coronavirus pandemic. He also called on the Israeli government to stop signing major infrastructure and communications deals with Chinese companies.   

Self –Isolation on Arrival in Israel

According to the information on the embassy's website, the late Ambassador Du assumed his current office in February 2020. While the coronavirus pandemic was ravaging the world, late Ambassador wrote in an article in the Jerusalem Post in mid-March that he had to enter two weeks mandatory self-quarantine upon his arrival in Israel. 

In his interview last month with Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon, the late Mr. Du said China was being made the world's scapegoat. He was quoted as saying, "in history more than once, a certain group of people was accused of spreading pandemics." "That is despicable and should be condemned. The disease is an enemy of the entire humankind, and the world should fight it together." He said.

On Friday, the Chinese embassy had made a scathing attack on the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his criticism of China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In a response published in the Jerusalem Post, the Chinese embassy vehemently condemned Mr. Pompeo's comments. The publication also denied that China had ever covered up the crisis. 

Chinese "Threat" to U.S.-Israel Relationship

On Wednesday last week, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Pompeo warned that further Israeli economic linkage with China would hurt relations with the U.S. Coming from the United States and an administration far warmer towards Israel than any in the past, the message speaks volumes. 

This is not the first time the United States is clashing with Israel over China. During the late 1990s, U.S. objected to the planned sale to China of the Israeli-made Phalcon airborne radar system. Israel canceled the transaction and had to refund China nearly $200 million. They also had to pay more than $150 million on top as damages. 

Our fingers are crossed to say how this latest development will play out in the coming months. 

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