According to Israeli police, China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei, 57, died alone in his sleep of a heart attack. His lifeless body was discovered at his residence in the city of Herzliya on 16 May 2020.

China has been ramping up its investments in Israel to transform the ports of Haifa and Ashdod into Silk Road terminals on the Mediterranean Sea.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had come to Israel on 13 May to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz before the formation of their government. To their surprise, Pompeo quickly brushed aside regional issues to focus exclusively on Chinese investments and to bash the Silk Road project.

Mossad director Yossi Cohen was present at the meeting.

On the same subject read: "Washington’s new anti-Chinese strategy", Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network to be published on Tuesday, 19 May.