States­man: Vig­or­ous, ar­tic­u­late, wise man

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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.

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