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Li Keqiang Sends a Letter Congratulating on the First Meeting of China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation

On January 29, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang sent a letter congratulating the first meeting of the Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation between Chinese and Israeli Governments in Beijing.

Li Keqiang said in the congratulatory letter that science is the foundation for a nation’s prosperity while innovation is the soul for national progress. Both China and Israel are countries respecting science and upholding innovation. China is now comprehensively deepening reforms and further expanding opening-up, enhancing global innovation cooperation in an all-round manner, actively participating and integrating in the global innovation network and promoting sustained and sound development of its economy and society. This will surely provide good opportunities as well as broad space for bilateral innovation cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that science and technology are beyond national boundaries while innovation requires cooperation. I hope that the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation will closely link bilateral scientific and technological personnel, bring into full play the various innovation resources and intensify innovation cooperation so as to make new contribution to advancing innovative development of the two countries, promoting welfare of the two peoples, and realizing mutual benefit with win-win results.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel also sent a congratulatory letter to the meeting. He said that Israel-China Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation is a new important milestone. By combining the innovative spirit of Israel as a “start-up nation” and China’s innovation-driven development strategy, bilateral relations and cooperation can take a great stride forward.

Liu Yandong, Chinese Vice Premier and Chairwoman on the Chinese side of the Joint Committee co-chaired the meeting with Avigdor Liberman, Israeli Foreign Minister and Chairman on the Israeli side of the Joint Committee.

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