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Posts Tagged ‘China’

Israel Exports 500 Million Predatory Insects, Bumblebees, to Russia

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Israel has sent Russia 500 million predatory insects as part of its assistance in developing an independent Russian agriculture.

Following the European boycott on Russian produce as a result of the Russian invasion of Crimea, Russian agriculture was abruptly cut off from its traditional economic base, and so the state is investing great efforts in developing and sustaining the local agriculture — which is where Israel’s superior agricultural know-how comes into the picture. Israeli companies are now working to construct hothouses for Russian farmers, and consult them on utilizing innovative methods, including using natural, non-toxic methods to get rid of pests.

BioBee Biological Systems, in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, just south of Beit She’an in northern Israel, is a unique company which breeds and implements beneficial insects and mites (swirskii, phytoseiulus persimilis) for agricultural purposes. These have proven priceless in pest control in tomatoes, cucumbers and roses.

BioBee also sent Russian farmers its home-grown bumblebees for pollination, without which there is no horticulture.

Part of the collaboration involves experiments being carried out by BioBee in using bumblebees to pollinate cherry orchards in Crimea. The company expects that should the trials prove a success this would open new markets for Israel in pollinating cherry trees around the world.

Crop pollination by insects has been estimated at $14.6 billion to the US economy, for instance, but bee diversity has declined considerably in the US and Europe, with many species disappearing from much of their former range, and some species going extinct. The UK alone has lost three species of native bumblebee, and six more are listed as endangered. Four bumblebee species have gone extinct from Europe, and similar declines are seen in China.

Chinese agricultural publications have described falling and increasingly unpredictable yields of insect-pollinated crops, particularly in the areas with the most intensive farming. Where crops are grown in vast fields, there are not enough insects to go around. And where insecticides are sprayed frequently, those vital little pollinators cannot survive.

Israeli innovation offers a viable solution to a major problem plaguing world agriculture, combining non-toxic pest control in a growing number of crops, with a complementary plan to revitalize the bumblebee hives around the world.

JNi.Media

US, Western Nations, Issue Holiday Alerts for Beijing

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The United States, UK, Australian and French embassies in China have all issued alerts to their citizens and staff in Beijing, telling them to be extra vigilant this holiday season.

The heightened state of alert was particularly aimed at the Sanlitun district, a popular shopping district featuring high-end stores and restaurants.

The U.S. embassy said it had “received information of possible threats” targeting the district, home to many of the embassies, around December 25.

Beijing police have also reinforced their presence at shopping malls around the city. However, the city’s Public Security Bureau explained the extra security came in response to increased traffic at the commercial centers during the holiday season.

In a statement on their official microblog Beijing police said they issued a “yellow” security alert for Christmas and New Year, the second lowest level, Reuters reported. The alert was focused on areas like malls, which are likely to see more people visiting during the festivities. “Beijing police are planning ahead and taking many measures … to ensure good public order,” it said.

Hana Levi Julian

China Gives Palestinian Authority $4.7M, Plus New Ministry Building in Ramallah

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

China officially handed a sparkling new foreign ministry building to the Palestinian Authority on Friday in its capital city of Ramallah.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang had visited Israel and Ramallah from Wednesday to Friday, meeting with both Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders, according to China’s CRI news agency.

But Yang was present Friday in Ramallah to present the new building to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki. And he added a gift at the end of the ceremony.

“We are proud of the relationship that has existed between China and Palestine over the years, and we’re also happy that China is also contributing in the building of the Palestinian institutions towards the statehood,” al-Maliki said.

“This is really a reflection of exactly how China would like to contribute and to be present in the future of the Palestinian people.”

Yang said the new building would be not only a landmark in Ramallah, but also a landmark in the friendship between China and the Ramallah government.

“China consistently supports the Palestinians in their pursuit of the righteous cause of recovering their legitimate national rights, Yang said.

“China also sincerely supports Palestine to enhance its economy, people’s livelihood and capacity building. China would like to continue with the assistance it can offer to help Palestine realize its economic independence and sustainable development as soon as possible.”

After the ceremony China granted the PA an additional grant, this for a sum of $4.7 million.

Abbas thanked Yang and noted the “historical friendship” with China, which he said “has always supported the Palestinian people to realize freedom and independence.

“We highly appreciate the support China offers to Palestine on political, diplomatic and investment aspects. The Palestinian government and people thank China for everything you have done for Palestine.”

The Israeli government has been working overtime to build strong relations with China, whose business leaders have slowly been investing more in major Israeli industries in the past several years. Most recently, Israel’s iconic Tnuva dairy producer was sold to the Chinese ‘Bright Food’ group.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has also devoted an entire subdivision to creating collateral materials for the Chinese tourism market as well.

Hana Levi Julian

New Shanghai Park Commemorates WW2 Jewish Refugee Community

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) A Jewish Memorial Park was inaugurated last week in the Fushouyuan cemetery at Shanghai’s Qingpu District, to mark the 70th anniversary of the War and the survival of the Jewish Refugees who fled to China from Eastern Europe. According to Shanghai Daily.

A memorial stone was unveiled in the park, inscribed with the name of Ho Fengshan, a Chinese diplomat in Vienna who risked his life to issue visas to more than 3,000 Jews. The stone is also inscribed with the names of 24 famous Jews “who had contributed to the development of Shanghai.”

Israeli Consul-General Arnon Perlman called for preserving the memories of Shanghai’s Jews for the benefit of future Chinese generations. “This is something that is very, very important to remember for all of us — whether it’s Jews, Israeli or Chinese — to remember the friendship between China and Israel and between Shanghai and Israel,” Perlman said, according to shanghaiist.com.

The park authorities have began an outreach effort to Jewish communities worldwide, to locate tombstones of other Jews who may be buried in Shanghai, as part of a plan to place all the local Jewish graves in the same park, “as an important memorial venue for both offspring of the deceased and the public to remember the history and the friendship between Chinese and Jewish people,” Shanghai Daily reported.

A Shanghai Jewish Memorial Cultural Fund is being planned to support infrastructure development, maintenance and expansion of the memorial park, as well as to launch non-governmental studies “to preserve historical memories shared by Chinese and Jewish people.”

JNi.Media

WWII-Era Jewish Café Reopens in Shanghai

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A café that was a popular spot for Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II has been rebuilt and reopened in the city’s Hongkou district.

The Zum Weissen Rossi’l café, better known as the White Horse Café, first opened in 1939. On hand for the reopening were city and district government officials, the consulate general of Israel in Shanghai and family members of the original owners.

“The feeling is excellent, like going back home,” said 74-year-old Ron Klinger, one of the family members, Xinhua reported.

“Our families are very grateful to the city and district government for restoring the cafe,” Klinger said.

Klinger’s grandparents, who fled to Shanghai from Vienna in 1939, ran the café until 1949, when they relocated to Australia. Klinger’s parents also met at the café and got married in February 1941. He was born the same year.

It is estimated that around 23,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai during World War II to escape Nazi persecution, joining already established Chinese Jewish communities from Baghdad and Russia. The Jewish refugees were restricted to a small area that became known as the “Shanghai Ghetto” by the Japanese, who had occupied the city in 1937. Nearly all of Shanghai’s Jewish community left the city following WWII and the Chinese Communist revolution in 1949.

JNS News Service

Second Chemical Plant Explodes in China

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

A second chemical plant has exploded in eastern China, this time near the city of Zibo, in Huantai county in Shandong province, south of Beijing along the east coast.

At least nine were injured in the blast, which occurred at around 8:50 pm local time, according to the official Xinhua state news agency.

The cause of the explosion is not known.

There is a residential area about one kilometer away from the plant, where a fireball rose into the sky above the warehouse at the Runxing chemical plant.

The death toll was 100 at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tinajin on August 15. More than 700 were injured and thousands left homeless in the double blast.

The massive explosions ignited with a huge fireball that rose into the sky surrounded by fireworks. It was not clear what set off the conflagration.

Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, toluene diisocyanate and other chemicals were being stored in the warehouses and have been leaking from site since the initial explosions occurred.

Hana Levi Julian

104 Dead in Tianjin Fireball, Chinese Army Evacuating Residents

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The death toll has climbed to over 100 in the continuing explosions taking place in China at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tinajin. More than 700 were injured and thousands left homeless in the initial blast.

The initial massive explosions ignited Wednesday with a huge fireball that rose into the sky surrounded by fireworks. It was not clear what set off the conflagration.

Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, toluene diisocyanate and other chemicals are being stored in the warehouses and are now leaking from site since the initial explosions occurred.

As a result, Chinese military forces have begun mass evacuations of citizens residing within a three kilometer (two mile) radius of the blast site.

It is still not clear exactly what else was being stored in the warehouses, and why the deadly explosions are continuing.

Hana Levi Julian

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