Statesman: Vigorous, articulate, wise man
Chinese Melody, a song applauding China-Israel friendship that was performed by Chinese and Israeli singers, and published a greeting ahead of the ChineseNewYear in 2016.
“Happy New Year. Earlier Happy New Year to the people of China, all of them,” Reuters quoted Peres as saying.
Peres, who served as the honorary president of a Chinafriendly organization in Israel aimed at promoting bilateral ties, attended the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and wrote a poem for the event.
The state visit in April 2014 was the last time he traveled to China as Israeli president. But his efforts to promote ChinaIsraeli relations went on even after his presidential term ended later that year.
Peres was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, for advancing peace talks.
In December, at the age of 92, he traveled to Shantou, Guangdong province, to attend the groundbreaking of the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Wu Sike, former special envoy to theMiddle East, said Peres, who understood China very well, had always adopted an open attitude toward China, and showed great interest in the country’s reform and opening-up.
Zhou Wa, a China Daily reporter who covered Peres’ visit to China in 2014, said the then Israeli president left her with the impression of being vigorous, articulate and highly logical.
“He was a wise oldmanwho kept accumulating knowledge,” she said.