Israeli Semiconductors and the US-China Tech War

As the United States and China find themselves locked in a battle for technological superiority, Israel’s semiconductor industry could become the next “chip” on Washington’s shoulder. Semiconductors, the building blocks of modern digital technologies, hold the key to achieving breakthroughs in everything from artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to robotics and virtual reality. Concerned […]

The Clock is TikTok-ing down for China’s Food Security

President Xi Jinping’s first thoughts when he wakes up each morning, revolve around his responsibility to feed China’s 1.4 billion citizens. Bearing the Mandate of Heaven, Xi’s main objective is to sustain the Chinese people’s confidence in the ruling Communist Party of China. Amid a global pandemic, unprecedented rainfall, and contaminated crops, China’s leader’s mission […]

Reimagining Governance after Covid-19

What will it take to rescue the global economy in the wake of COVID-19? Are adjustments, improvements, or amendments enough? Haven’t we done this before? Maybe it’s time to rethink this with a mindset, not of ‘starting again’ which would tend to invite ‘again’ thinking, but instead to begin with a completely blank slate – […]

China’s digital yuan: should Israel be concerned?

In the midst of confronting a crisis of epic proportions, the People’s Bank of China introduced the “digital yuan” pilot programs across four cities —making China the world’s first global superpower to roll out a national digital currency. That China’s leadership rolled out this project in late April while simultaneously dealing with the profound social, […]

China’s bear hug for the blockchain

As the world confronts the profound social, economic and political challenges that have emerged in the wake of Covid-19, Beijing has unleashed digital innovations that hold profound implications for the future of international trade, global governance, and geopolitics. On April 25, in the midst of battling the pandemic, China’s government established the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem, […]

Pompeo Visits Israel: China is likely to be on the agenda

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to land in Israel on Wednesday. His visit coincides with the swearing-in of a new Israeli government, breaking the country’s year-long political deadlock. The COVID-19 pandemic and moves towards annexing parts of the West Bank are likely to dominate Mr. Pompeo’s discussions with both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. […]

Containing COVID-19: what the US & China can learn from Israel

COVID-19 has now spread to over 200 territories around the globe, infected 3,232,061 people, and claimed the lives of 228,504. Healthcare systems are being overwhelmed, and global supply chains have been severely disrupted. The sheer magnitude of this crisis beckons for countries to work together to contain the virus. Nevertheless, America and China have decided to play the blame […]

Comprehending China’s media: the case of Itzik HaSini

The American-based Epoch Times recently ran a Hebrew-language piece, supposedly exposing the affectionately named “Itzik HaSini” (“Itzik the Chinese”) as an employee of China’s state media. While presenting Itzik HaSini, whose name is Xi Shiu Chi, as a secretive tool through which Beijing seeks to ‘control world opinion,’ what the piece failed to take into account was […]

Coronavirus and the Paradox of Social Distancing

Until the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of “social distancing” likely never crossed your mind. But today, from Singapore to the UK, it has become part of everyday vernacular. Here in Israel, people have been encouraged by the government to keep their distance from others, avoid public gatherings and, if possible, work from home. […]