China’s VP and Israel’s PM co-host trade conference
JERUSALEM (AP) — China's vice president and Israel's prime minister on Wednesday co-hosted a high-profile trade and innovation conference and toured an exhibition of Israeli technology start-ups together as the two countries worked to cement their fast-growing trade ties.
A quarter century after establishing diplomatic relations, Israel and China have become important trade partners, with China emerging as an eager customer of Israeli technology.
Chinese VP Wang meets Israeli, Palestinian officials
JERUSALEM (AP) — China's vice president has met with Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a three-day trip to the region.
Wang Qishan visited the West Bank on Tuesday, where he met Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, laid a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and toured Bethlehem's Nativity Church.
Later, he met Israel's largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. Rivlin said relations between the two countries were "excellent."
Chinese VP kicks off visit to Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — China's vice president on Monday kicked off a trip to Israel that illustrated the warming ties between the two countries.
Wang Qishan is in the region for a three-day trip. The highlight will be co-hosting a joint summit of innovation cooperation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will also head to the West Bank to visit the Palestinians.
Chicago mayor meets Chinese VP amid trade dispute
BEIJING (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on a mission to salvage business deals threatened by a tariff war, said Thursday that Chinese officials expressed confidence they can survive the spiraling dispute with Washington.
The mayor met with Vice President Wang Qishan and China's commerce minister this week in an effort to lock in a $1.3 billion deal for a Chinese company to assemble rail cars in Chicago.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is increasingly turning to friend and trusted confidant Wang Qishan to help guide the country's foreign relations as he prepares for a potentially bruising trade fight with the U.S. and competition for leadership in Asia.
The 69-year-old Wang was appointed vice president in March, but exercises outsized influence in the historically symbolic position despite standing down from the ruling Communist Party's leading body due to age restrictions.
Beijing ended the guessing game on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made a secretive visit to the Asian nation, confirming early Wednesday that he was part of the delegation from Pyongyang that arrived at the Chinese capital.
Images of Mr. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at the Great Hall in Beijing, were released on China's official news outlets shortly after the North Korean delegation arrived back in Pyongyang.
BEIJING (AP) — Wang Qishan is known as China's "Mr. Fix-It," a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises — from crumbling banks to deadly illness to high-level corruption. Those who've met him describe him as bold and probing, a problem solver who enjoys philosophical debates and has a wicked sense of humor.
BEIJING (AP) — China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.
The National People's Congress also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president.