Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday. Ahead of the meeting, a State Department official told reporters that Blinken planned to warn Lapid against cooperation with China, as the US is increasingly unhappy over its top recipient of military aid doing business with its newly declared top adversary.
“As the secretary has noted, with allies and partners worldwide, we’ll be candid with our Israeli friends over risks to our shared national security interests that come with close cooperation with China,” the official said.
A State Department readout of the meeting offered little detail but did say the two diplomats discussed a number of issues, including the “People’s Republic of China.”
In August, reports said CIA Director William Burns raised the issue of Chinese investments in Israel during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Burns recently announced a new spy center to focus exclusively on China, which he called “the most important geopolitical threat.”
Chinese investments in Israel were a rare point of contention between the Trump administration and the Israelis. In 2019, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even warned Israel that the US might curb intelligence and security ties over Israel’s trade with China.
Ultimately, the US has done nothing over Israel’s trade with China. And despite the US warnings, Israel’s cooperation with China has increased over the years.
24 thoughts on “Blinken Said to Warn Israel’s Lapid Against Cooperation With China”
China should BDS Israel anyway.
Nah. China will do business with Israel, but unlike the West, they are not a “democracy” that can be bought by Israel.
China runs on Guanxi; personal connections, which is easily exploited by people good at networking. Its soft power in action, and can become an entry for soft power imperialism.
If you read Asia Times regularly, Israel is often in Asia promoting sensitive things like their security and arms tech. (Acquired often from the U.S.)
In the West, attempts are made to police personal networking to prevent corruption, but in China, guanxi is not so much tolerated as enforced.
Some of the hostility in the West comes from the inability of some Western businessmen to use guanxi; its not quite corruption, and its not quite formal law, and can leave some with a sense of being taken advantage of or discriminated against on top of the usual dangers of cheats and crooks in any business environment.
Xi’s anti-corruption drive, is likely as much about removing political opponents as cracking down on corruption.
Its impossible to assume Israeli soft power imperialism can’t play this system not only against foreign rivals in China but indigenous Chinese competition.
They dropped uk for us and when the time comes they will drop us for China. I m young but hope to see that in my lifetime.
Yeah. But Beijing won’t be taking orders from any CIPAC version of AIPAC.
China is on its own mission. Period.
It is an identity marker of our age that anyone would be expected to
take anyone with the name of Blinken seriously. It is a further marker
that anyone with that name would be appointed to any position of
Yes, a blink’n counterfeit.
A blinking idiot more like. A silly servile satrap of an imperial minion, doing as ordered.
Blinken warning Israelis? Big joke. Like Israel warning itself
Shows who’s boss.
Joke. J’salem doesn’t answer to the US; to the contrary. They can see which way the wind blows. J’salem will jump ship as Pox Americana sinks beneath the waves.
No, they’ll rise up the middle of U.S. – China divisions just like the EU, whom they are more an extension of than the U.S.A..
Israel First is the Europe First model on steroids.
Are ‘all options on the table’ if Israel continues to dance with China?
Ahem. Mr. Blinken, Israel does not care about the U.S., and, laughs at your comments. Thank you very much.
“Blinken Warns Israel …”
China should increase business with Iran, Cuba and other enemies of the US.
Too funny. Most likely Blinken didn’t “warn”; he most likely “begged”.
As if Israel takes instructions for the Vassal State.
“Kill whoever you want, and we’ll pay the bill, but stay away from China.”
Is he suggesting that Israel should not sell secret US technology to China?
Some things never change.
Philip Giraldi wrote about this problem over a decade ago.
The only real danger, is that the American wellspring of innovation will be trampled dry by over-the-top crony capitalism empowered by over-the-top Deep Statism .
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