China's Ambassador to Israel Found Dead; Investigation Underway

Unidentified sources were quoted by the Israeli media as saying he died of cardiac arrest. There was no immediate sign of foul play. The death came just days after the US secretary of state reportedly urged senior Israeli officials not to promote Chinese investment in Israel, citing possible security risks 

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Chinese Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead at his residence in the city of Herzliya on the morning of May 17. Initial reports about the death were confirmed by Israel's Foreign Ministry. The Israeli police are said to have launched an investigation.  
 
The envoy was said to have been found in his bed by staff at the residence. Unidentified sources were quoted by the Israeli media as saying he died of cardiac arrest. The police were said to have requested permission to conduct a toxicological test to determine whether he had drugs, alcohol or poison in his system. 
 
The 58-year-old Du assumed the post in March and was under coronavirus quarantine at his residence for two weeks upon arrival.   
 
On May 15, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warned that Chinese investment was a potential threat to Israel's national security, the ambassador issued a message saying that Chinese companies are providing skilled manpower for Israeli infrastructure initiatives, and that cooperation in the high-tech sector had opened China's market to Israeli innovation. He also claimed that China has a very low level of investment in Israel.