US and China Compete for the Haifa Port | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US and China Compete for the Haifa Port

In July 2018, 180 acres of the Northern port in Haifa were transferred to the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) for a 25-year period of management. This sparked a heated discussion in the Israeli press and the academic world, as well as a special discussion by the Israeli cabinet. It also came up in discussions between US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met on January 7, 2019.

Ostensibly at issue are the implications of the port’s management by a Chinese company for Israel and its ties with its main strategic ally, the United States. But while the direct implications of the port’s management are of interest to China and the US, these concerns are more related to a Cold War-type struggle.

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