Engaging Israel in the Belt and Road Initiative : China’s Techno-Nationalism in the Middle East

Zeying WU, Richard YARROW

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The enormous growth of China’s investments in Israel has become one of the major changes in the Middle East’s geopolitics during the last decade. This paper examines the nationalist motivation behind China’s investment in Israeli technologies and Israel’s strategic role in China’s intended transition from the “world factory” to a global innovation champion. China’s engagement with Israel in the Belt and Road Initiative reflects Chinese techno-nationalism, and the Chinese government has used nationalist discourse to mobilize private enterprises to invest in Israeli technology, promoting the growth of Chinese private investments alongside Chinese state-affiliated investments in Israel since 2014. This chapter also analyses how the surge in Chinese investment activities has shaped larger debates and tensions in Israel’s policymaking and national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Nationalisms and China's Belt and Road Initiative : Exploring the Transnational Public Domain
EditorsJulien RAJAOSON, R. Mireille Manga EDIMO
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783031085260
ISBN (Print)9783031085253
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel-China relations
  • Techno-nationalism
  • Technology transfer
  • Innovation-driven development
  • “Made in China 2025”
  • Israeli identity


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