President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday morning met at his residence the Procurator-General of the People’s Republic of China, Cao Jianming, accompanied by Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.
President Rivlin welcomed the Procurator-General and said, “As an Israeli, as a Jerusalemite, and a student of the law, it is a great pleasure to welcome you.”
President Rivlin spoke of the importance of the role of the Attorney General. He concluded, “We know your great nation is so important to the whole world, and we are proud of our relationship with China: on a G2G basis, on a B2B basis and between people. We are very honored to have you as our guest.”
The Procurator-General thanked the President and said, “I cannot agree with you more of the need to strengthen our diplomatic relations and also the relations between our two judicial systems. We are honored to visit at the invitation of Attorney General Mandelblit – it is our first time in Israel and I wish to express my appreciation and convey the warm regards of President Xi.”
He noted the great admiration the Chinese people had for Israel and the Jewish people and spoke of the long history that existed between the two nations, and said, “We are, I believe, two great nations, and I believe this is because we have known hardship and difficult times but have faced these hardships and – like the Phoenix – risen from the fire to realize better times.”
He said that, “I will work together with Mr. Mandelblit to see how we can strengthen the relations and cooperation between our two countries.”
The two went on to speak about the importance of innovation and development in every field, and of the growing cooperation between the two countries, especially following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to China last month.
President Rivlin said, “No one can compete with the combination of China and Israel.”