Chinese Ambassador To Israel Found Dead In His Herzliya Apartment

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Israeli police officers stand outside the residence of the Chinese ambassador in the central Israeli city of Herzliya, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Du Wei, 58, who was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

HERZLIYA (VINnews) — China’s Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, has been found dead in his Herzliya apartment.  Israeli police have launched an investigation but initial findings suggested no foul play. The cause of death appears to be a cardiac incident, as the envoy was found dead in his bed by staff at his residence with no signs of violence on him.

Mr Du, 57, was only appointed ambassador in February having previously served as envoy to Ukraine. The ambassador was married and had a son but his family had still to join him in Israel. He was living in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon last month, Mr Du said China was being made the world’s scapegoat.

“In history, more than once, a certain group of people was accused of spreading pandemics.” Du said. “That is despicable and should be condemned. The disease is an enemy of the entire humankind and the world should fight it together.”

On Friday, his embassy made a scathing attack on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had criticized China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on his visit to Israel.

The embassy stated that China “has never covered up the outbreak” and added “Historical experience also shows that pandemic is accompanied by conspiracies and the dark mentality of seeking scapegoats. Jewish friends know it well.”

The spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy added in the Friday statement that U.S. Secretary of states Mike Pompeo has for years been labeling Chinese products, investments and people as security risks without producing any evidence to support his claims, “we trust that our Jewish friends are not only able to defeat the coronavirus but also the ‘political virus,’ and choose the course of action that best serves its interests.”

The Embassy described the relations between the countries as “win-win in nature,” and claimed the assertions of a Chinese “buy up” of Israel was ridiculous, as “China’s investment in Israel only accounts for 0.4 percent of China’s investment across the world and 3% of the foreign investment flown into Israel.”

 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Pompeo is calling in the cards. Pompeo wants payback for support. His message to Israel is accept the Trump administrations China paranoia and cancel all projects with China even if it is counter to Israel’s national interest.

    The death of the ambassador is sad news. If he had died after a visit from Secretary Clinton we would undoubtedly be hearing about the Clinton crime family from those on the right.

  2. You people with conspiracy theories that he was murdered, are all insane. People die in their sleep, (especially people with underlying medical condtions), all of the time. This individual, being from Asia, probably was a smoker. As such, smokers have a high rate of heart disease. This individual could have experienced a massive myocadial infarction, in his sleep.

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