What better way for Israeli citizens to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic ties between Israel and the PRC than by taking a walk across the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge?
From March 21st to December 31st this year, Zhangjiajie is allowing Israeli passport-holders to cross the record-setting bridge in Hunan province for free. Talk about building bridges between two peoples.
The 430-meter-long bridge, which finally opened last August following a series of delays, was actually designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan who said his work was inspired by the ancient Chinese sage Laozi.
This is presumably exactly the kind of thing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was referring to when he declared that Israel and China are “a marriage made in heaven” during his meeting with Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday. While the two countries have had their differences in the past, particularly over Palestine, Netanyahu encouraged China to play a bigger role in the Middle East and “assume its rightful place… on the world stage.”
Of course, Xi was told the very same thing only a few days before by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during his visit to Beijing over the weekend. On that trip Beijing signed $65 billion worth of deals with Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia established diplomatic ties with the PRC in 1990. 27 years later, its citizens have yet to be rewarded with free tickets to anything.
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