Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Herzliya home - The Jerusalem Post

There are reportedly no signs of violence. Wei's death comes a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel in an apparent attempt to convince the gov't to limit Chinese investment.

China's Ambassador to Israel Du Wei attends a briefing in his previous post in Ukraine.

(photo credit: REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO)

The Chinese Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead in his Herzliya home on Sunday morning, a Foreign Affairs Ministry official confirmed. Police are currently in his home and investigating.

The Chinese embassy, however, said that it cannot confirm the reports as of yet.

Army Radio claims that at the moment, there are no signs of violence, leading investigators to believe that Wei passed from a heart attack.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem spoke to China's Deputy Ambassador to Israel Dai Yuming, and expressed his condolences over the ambassador's death.

Rotem said the Foreign Ministry will help in any way necessary.

The 57-year-old ambassador was a husband and father to a boy. His family is not in the country with him. He arrived in Israel to hold the position of ambassador in February, having served as Chinese ambassador to Ukraine before that.

He had written an article for

The Jerusalem Post

a few days prior to his death about the resilience of the Chinese and Israeli people alike.

"We have a lot to offer each other, and we have much to achieve through our cooperation," the ambassador said on the embassy's website when he first took the position, speaking about potential cooperation between China and Israel. "The Chinese Embassy in Israel is committed to promoting friendship and cooperation between our two countries."

Wei's death comes one week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel in what seemed to be an attempt to convince the government to limit Chinese investments.

The spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Israel, Wang Yongjun, wrote an opinion piece for the

Post

after his visit, calling Pompeo's claims and comments "absurd."

"Historical experience also shows that pandemic is accompanied by conspiracies and the dark mentality of seeking scapegoats," Yongjun said. "Jewish friends know it well."


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