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Centuries of Anti-Semitic prejudice and propaganda, as well as Anti-Sinitic hate-mongering, have created a bizarre sense of enstrangement between the two peoples, who after reading all the things said about them, tend to believe what their persecutors have to say about each other, than what their own eyes and ears tell them about the humanity of the other side. In this vein, the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been called the Jews of Asia. In reality, both peoples have their distinctive cultures and lifestyles. If they happen to be successful, it is because they tried harder.
China is trying to improve the image of Israel amongst the Chinese people, by inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to China, and encouraging the people to have a social media dialogue with him. And he did very well. China, however, does not believe in taking sides. Taking sides only benefits one party for a temporary period of time. Being fair benefits both parties for all times.
Peace in Israel and Palestine requires the conscious effort and sacrfices of both sides. Arabs and non-Arabs, Muslims and non-Muslims, eventually must learn to treat each other as each would want the other to treat them. Reciprocity is the heart of Chinese philosophy, not religion. Morality is based on reciprocity. A reciprocal relationship without any mention of religion is a moral relationship. Like Occam's razor, Chinese like to keep things simple. Because simple things work best.
The rappprochement between Israel and China is based on reciprocity, as is China's relationship with other countries. If there is one country that China shows greater favor to, it is often also a country that gives China more favors as well. What makes one country different from another in the eyes of China? It is not who they are, what their race is, or what is their religion. It is how they treat China as they would want China to treat them. What made Kissinger and Zhou click even when they were initially on opposite sides of the fence? They were both Junzi, or gentlemen, who keep their words and their faith in one another. Even today, long after Zhou is gone, Kissinger has never gone back on his words, spoken more than four decades ago.