Just days after Mike Pompeo’s visit to Israel, the Chinese ambassador to Israel has been found dead. Du Wei, the Chinese Ambassador was found dead in his home in Tel Aviv, Israel.
An embassy worker found the body of Du Wei, 57, in his bed in a coastal suburb north of Tel Aviv.
Initial reports say that Du was found dead in his bed by staff at his residence and that no signs of violence were found on his body. The Magen David Adom first aid service said that the cause of death appears to be a cardiac incident.
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General Yuval Rotem said that he spoke with China’s deputy ambassador Dai Yuming to express his condolences, and told him that the ministry will help the Chinese Embassy with anything they may need along the way.
On Friday, the Chinese Embassy in Israel responded to criticism voiced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Israel last week, calling his remarks that China had concealed information about the outbreak of the coronavirus from the world “absurd.”
The embassy statement noted that “scientists still haven’t identified the origin of COVID-19,” and claimed that China never concealed the outbreak of the disease in the country. It also added that the United States is currently the epicentre of the pandemic.
The embassy also referred to Pompeo’s warning to Israel regarding Chinese investments in the country. During his visit on Wednesday, Pomeo said that such investments could pose a security risk, particularly in the area of infrastructure.
Speaking with Makor Rishon, Du expressed hope to strengthen the ties between Israel and China, addressing the accusations levelled at his country as being the one responsible for the outbreak of the virus.
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