When Israel celebrated its largest conference of agricultural technology, Agrivest last month, one of 10 delegates who traveled to the central city of Rehovot attending came from China.
A few weeks earlier, a delegation of Alibaba, the e-commerce giant China, had been in Tel Aviv to attend Cybertech, Israel main conference on cyber security, an area in which the Jewish state's security conscious excellent. Alibaba in January invested an undisclosed sum in Visualead, an Israeli company specializing in technology QR code.
Chinese companies are pushing deeper and deeper into Israel than ever before, and Israeli companies and government officials are returning the hug. "There seems to be a kosher stamp of government on both sides so that they blossom and flourish business relationships," says Jon Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd, crowdfunding Israeli company.
A decade ago, China's overseas investment is mainly focused on ensuring the supply of natural resources in places like Africa and Latin America, and was driven by energy companies and state-owned mining.
Now, the huge increase in investment out more and more brands and technology that China lacks in its home market, ensuite heads and state enterprises motivate cash. It is expected that China outbound investment to overcome incoming foreign investment, which totaled about $ 128bn in 2014, for the first time this year.
"The interest is derived from a clear strategic goal of China, and that is to become a power not only in the back and do what others do - but cheaper - but to come to their own list of investors," says Oded Eran, who runs the China Forum at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.
China Bright Food recently gained official approval from their government to buy control of Tnuva, the largest dairy company in Israel, from private equity firm Apax Partners in a deal that values the target at $ 2 billion.
The Chinese are eating more cheese than ever. However, the company said it was investing in Tnuva because "Israel is well known for its agriculture and the quality of its agricultural management."
The agreement was China's biggest acquisition of an Israeli company since 2011, when China National Chemical Corporation purchased Adama, the company's pesticides and crop protection then known as Makhteshim Agan, for $ 2.4 billion.
Chinese money has come to Israel recently, and so far has met with relatively little political reaction, even in critical infrastructure projects such as the new port 3.3bn shekel is being built in the Mediterranean city of Ashdod, by the contractor of China Harbor .
China's experience in Israel is in contrast to the US, where officials blocked a Chinese investment in wind farms in 2012 and more recently expressed concern that the Chinese government is linked to piracy attacks on US defense contractors .
In fact, Benjamin Netanyahu - who is set to take the helm of a new government in a few days - has been actively pursuing a policy swing trade relations outside Europe, remains Israel's main trading partner by far, and to emerging markets.
The aim is both pragmatic because Israel does relatively little trade with the Brics, and politics. some European countries have been critical of what they see as Israeli intransigence in the unresolved conflict with the Palestinians, and Israeli officials fear political repercussions.
"Sometimes you say" the State of Israel "in other regions of the world, and there are other things that come up in their minds," says Ophir Gore, Israel commercial attache in Beijing. "When you say" Israel "in China think innovation, think high technology - so in that aspect, my work here is quite easy."
Israel's trade volume with China reached $ 11 billion last year, almost double the amount recorded in 2010. However, China still represents less than 10 percent of the Israeli global trade, while a third is intended to Europe, and a quarter of North America
Israel Ministry of Economy said that besides the great deals like Adama and Tnuva, Chinese investment is entering smaller companies, especially in technology, agro-technology and water management.
Baidu, the largest search engine in China, has made $ 3 million in Pixellot, an Israeli video capture commissioning, and provided funds Carmel Ventures, a firm Israeli venture capital last year.
In November Shouguang, in the coastal plain of China, I launched a project "water city" meant to show the Israeli innovations for water reuse and desalination. It is expected that the first contracts to be signed later this year, and should be operational in 2017.
China, with a population of one billion more, can in turn serve both Israel and consumer market and trading partner. "We are great inventors and bright in the development of things," says Todd Dollinger trendlines, an investment firm that organizes Agrivest technology. But our production capabilities are far from the ability of China, and we are far from the major markets -. We are indeed an island, and we do better when we associate "
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