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2022-02-22  |  

[Overview] Tel Aviv-Yafo is the second largest city of Israel. Located by the Mediterranean Sea in the western part of the country, the city covers an area of 52 square kilometers and has a population of 451,000.

[Politics] Tel Aviv-Yafo is governed by the city council and the city government. The city council consists of 31 members. Both council members and mayor are elected by a direct vote in elections that take place simultaneously and serve terms of five years. The incumbent Mayor Ron Huldai was first elected in 1998 and reelected in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 consecutively.

[Economy] As the economic, commercial and financial center of Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo has services and cultural recreation as its key industries and has gathered a large number of hi-tech enterprises and startups.

[Culture and Education] As the tourism and cultural center of Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo boasts plenty of theaters, concert halls and museums, as well as the highest density of Bauhaus style buildings in the world. The city is also Israel's educational center with a lot of learning institutions, including Tel Aviv University, the largest institution of higher education in the country.

[Relations with Beijing] Beijing and Tel Aviv-Yafo officially became sister cities on November 21, 2006. In December 2014, the two cities signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in innovation, entrepreneurship, tourism and cultural creativity industries. In recent years, they have maintained sound official interactions and carried out fruitful cooperation in such areas as scientific and technological innovation, tourism, culture and city administration.

Scientific and Technological Innovations: In 2018, the Administrative Committee of Zhongguancun Science Park set up a liaison office in Tel Aviv-Yafo and held its unveiling ceremony in the city hall. Since 2014, Beijing has held the Beijing-Tel Aviv Innovation Convention in cooperation with Israel Innovation Authority as an annual event. The five editions of the event so far have attracted a total of 222 Israeli and 1,266 Chinese enterprises to establish ties for 1,881 B2B projects and 99 cooperation projects have been launched. The event has evolved into a brand name for China-Israel exchanges with international influence. At the opening ceremony of the 2019 Beijing-Tel Aviv Innovation Convention, Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission and Israel Innovation Authority signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Technological Innovation and R&D. Beijing has also sent delegations to participate in the Innovation Week in Tel Aviv.

Culture: The two cities have held a number of exchange activities such as concerts and photo exhibitions. In 2012, Tel Aviv was one of the first to join the World Tourism Cities Federation initiated by Beijing. In 2014, Beijing supported Tel Aviv's application to be recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of media arts.

City Administration: Delegations from the two cities have had mutual visits and shared experience on various topics, including waste disposal, sustainable urban development, water resource management, and water-saving agriculture.