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Standing with Israel– Conveying Its Perspective
SIGNAL Group’s Delegation Visits China – Amidst War in Gaza
October 30 – November 2, 2023

Beijing Xiangshan Forum

Carice Witte gave a talk at China’s most prestigious annual defense conference – the Beijing Xiangshan Forum – and conveyed the perspective of Israel and much of the world view the heinous October 7 terror attack of Hamas. She also explained how Israel is responding and exercising its duty and right of self-defense.

At Beijing Xiangshan Forum, SIGNAL Group delegation meets with China’s Academy of Military Sciences to brief them on the war in Gaza - at their request. Above: SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte (middle), former Minister of Health, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz (third from right), and SIGNAL Group's Research Director, Mr. Dale Aluf (second from right).

SIGNAL Group’s Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte, gave interviews to South China Morning Post, Global Times, and Ifeng News on the sidelines of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum.

Grandview Institution

SIGNAL Group delegation visited Grandview Institution, a private think tank in Beijing, and meets with their team for an exchange of views. Above: SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte (middle), former Minister of Health, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz (second row – third from left), Reichman University Lecturer, Dr. Ori Goldberg (second row – fourth from left), and SIGNAL Group's Research Director, Mr. Dale Aluf (second row – first from right).

Renmin University of China

Former Minister of Health and former Cabinet Member, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz, delivers a lecture titled "Prospects for Regional Connectivity – Infrastructure Connectivity from Persian Gulf through Israel to Europe" at the Renmin University of China in Beijing and answered questions coming from the 130 Chinese students in attendance regarding the October 7.

Center for China and Globalization (CCG)

SIGNAL Group Delegation visited the prestigious foreign affairs think tank, Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and held a dialogue with their team of experts. Above on left – from top to bottom – Reichman University Lecturer, Dr. Ori Goldberg, SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte, and former Minister of Health, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz.

Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP)

SIGNAL Group’s delegation meets influential Chinese government think-tank, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP). Above on left – from bottom to top – former Minister of Health, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz, SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte, SIGNAL Group's Research Director, Mr. Dale Aluf and Reichman University Lecturer, Dr. Ori Goldberg.

Dinner with Middle East Envoy,
WU Sike and the Dean of Beijing Language and Culture University, Prof. LUO Lin

SIGNAL Group Delegation was honored to meet Former Special Envoy to the Middle East, Ambassador WU Sike, and the Dean of Beijing Language and Culture University, Prof. LUO Lin. Above from left: Reichman University Lecturer, Dr. Ori Goldberg, Dean of Beijing Language and Culture University, Prof. LUO Lin, SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte, Former Special Envoy to the Middle East, Mr. WU Sike, SIGNAL Group's Research Director, Mr. Dale Aluf, and SIGNAL Group's China's Program Coordinator, Ms. Guan Yuan.

Taihe Institute

SIGNAL Group Delegation visited Taihe Institute, an independent think tank in Beijing. Above: Reichman University Lecturer, Dr. Ori Goldberg (second from left), former Minister of Health, Mr. Nitzan Horowitz (third from left), SIGNAL Group's Executive Director, Ms. Carice Witte (fourth from right), SIGNAL Group's Research Director, Mr. Dale Aluf (third from right) and SIGNAL Group's China's Program Coordinator, Ms. Guan Yuan (second from right).

SIGNAL Group Presents a Flash Talk for Chinese Academic and Policy Experts on the October 7th Hamas Attack

China’s Blunder in the Middle East

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SIGNAL Group’s Executive Director, Carice Witte gave an interview to China Talk‘s Jordan Schneider and Ryan Hauser.

Read the full interview on

  • Carice Witte’s experience in the wake of the attack;

  • Why China leans away from Israel politically, and why that one day in a post-war region may have to change;

  • How Iran and Hamas could draw Israel into a multi-front war;

  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative and its appeal to Arab countries.

This applied research inquiry sets out to shed light on the interests driving China’s global conflict mediation efforts as well as the principles and practices employed by Beijing to resolve violent conflicts. The study serves to create a framework to interpret China’s mediation dynamics and strategic priorities, generating actionable knowledge for Israeli policymakers that contextualizes Beijing’s proposal to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within its global strategy. 

When Excellence is a Necessity: Bilahari Kausikan on the Singapore-Israel Connection

When Singapore found itself independent in 1965, it was very poor and without any natural resources, but today it is a multi-cultural, free market city-state and global economic powerhouse. Kausikan opens the discussion by returning to 1965 and recalling how Israel provided military aid to Singapore when everyone else refused: “I don’t know why Israel agreed to assist us… but we are profoundly grateful for the central role that Israel played in establishing our armed forces.” 

Middle Eastern Countries Are Rebalancing Relations With the US and China

Gulf states aren’t choosing China over the U.S., but rather weaning themselves away from overdependence on Washington by engaging with a variety of other partners.

A recent flurry of Chinese diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East seems to be drawing countries closer to Beijing’s orbit while chipping away at the United States regional influence. Some analysts have gone as far as to suggest that a “Pax Sinica” is emerging in the region. But Middle Eastern countries are not necessarily viewing these developments in such binary terms…

SIGNAL Group on Hamas' Attacks

See SIGNAL Group’s Executive Director, Carice Witte’s Interviews for :

  1. CGTN: Israel Palestine Conflict: Carice Witte: we are the lucky few.

     2. Ifeng:

1) Israeli expert: UN demand for comprehensive ceasefire unrealistic

2) Israeli expert: Intelligence failures on Hamas were due to complacency

3) Israeli expert: It is difficult to eliminate Hamas ideology through military operations

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