Du Wei, the Chinese Ambassador to Israel, was found dead in his apartment in a Tel Aviv suburb in the early hours of today Sunday May 17.
Wei, 58, was found dead on his bed and appears to have died in his sleep. He was appointed as China’s envoy to Israel in February this year.
His death comes less than a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem, openly criticizing China’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as calling on Israeli leaders to stop signing major infrastructure and communications deals with Chinese companies.
There has been no comment on the ambassador’s death from the Chinese embassy in Israel or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing.
Wei left behind a wife and a son. The Israeli police have launched an investigation into his death.
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