China is increasingly hostile to Israel
Beijing failed to condemn Hamas for the October 7 massacre and has accused Israel of going “beyond self-defense” in its response. China is using the conflict to position itself as a superpower to rival the United States in a multipolar world. Its interests are averse to Israel’s.
Should Netanyahu go to China?
It is not desirable to exacerbate the tensions with the US only due to the desire to increase sales of Israeli products to the Chinese market. Israel should also consider the West’s criticism of its policy toward Ukraine, its relations with the countries of the Indo-Pacific region, and that China and Iran signed a strategic agreement. It should also reevaluate its position toward Taiwan.
A New Global Order? Israel’s Relations with China and Russia in Light of the War in Ukraine
Despite their mutual support throughout the first hundred days of the war, Russia and China continue to have competing interests. Whereas Israel needs to be more responsive to Washington's concerns about its two global competitors, it must also be mindful of populist calls to destabilize relations with Moscow and Beijing.
Biden, Israel, and China: Making a Difficult Threesome Work
It is wrong to expect Israel, a middle-level economy, to decouple from China when far wealthier countries (including the United States) show no signs of following suit. Israeli companies should not be subject to restrictions not placed on companies elsewhere, including the United States itself.