Feeding 1.4bn people: a matter of national security

While Israel may not look at food as a national security issue, China certainly does. Until 30 years ago, food in China was scarce and the country was periodically plagued by famine. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that feeding 1.4 billion people has become a national priority and a primary focus of its […]

China’s two sessions – why Israeli policymakers & entrepreneurs should’ve been watching

The “two sessions” — annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — just recently came to a close. If you’re an Israeli entrepreneur or policymaker, you probably should have been watching.  The “two sessions” are among the most important political events in China. The meetings serve […]

Israel’s looming conundrum: a US-China cleantech arms race

What has long been hailed as an area where rival nations can find avenues for cooperation is now poised to become the next arena of geopolitical competition. Israeli policymakers should take note.  According to a 2021 risk assessment recently published by the Eurasia Group political risk consultancy, climate will emerge as the new playground of […]

Netanyahu’s good news story

As the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, Benjamin Netanyahu has had a profound influence on the course of Sino-Israeli relations. In March 2009, when Netanyahu returned to the helm for the second time (his first stint as PM being from 1996-99), relations with Beijing and Jerusalem stood virtually dormant. Today, diplomatic relations between the […]

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, […]