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Celebrations held in Israel to mark Spring Festival


02-05-2016 12:46 BJT

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There's also celebrations in Israel to mark the upcoming Chinese New Year. On Wednesday, Former Israeli President Shimon Peres hosted the Chinese Ambassador to Israel at an event in Tel Aviv. Peres also wrote a song to commemorate the New Year, describing China as a country based on wisdom and great history.

As China prepares to celebrate the year of the Monkey, celebrations also got underway in Israel to mark the occasion. China's Ambassador to Israel opened the ceremony in Tel Aviv.

"On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Israel, we'd like to say Happy New Year and good fortune to the families of our staff in China and all the people," said Zhan Yongxin, China's Ambassador to Israel.

Citing strong ties between the two countries, Israel's former president Shimon Peres also commented on China's strengths

"You don't win anything with wars but you do with wisdom. The story of China is the wisdom of science and greatness of history," he said.

As far as this event's co-hosts are concerned, it will be a year of continued shared interests.

Aside from celebrating China’s New Year together, China and Israel are marking strengthening ties. 2014 was the first year in Israel’s history that more goods were imported from China than the U.S. And last year, forty percent of Israel’s venture capital came from China.

Event highlights included a festive dragon display and traditional Chinese music. Israel's former president wrote a melody for the occasion performed by Israeli and Chinese artists.

China's ambassador to Israel summed up the event.

"This shows the friendship between us...the exchange and friendship," Zhan said.

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