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China crisis: Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in home – reports

Du Wei was appointed ambassador back in February and previously served as China’s envoy to Ukraine. His cause of death has not yet been revealed. He was found in his bed earlier today. 

China’s ambassador for Israel, Du Wei, has been found dead in home (Image: MVS.GOV.UA)

Du Wei was married with a son (Image: China Embassy)

Mr Du, 57, was reportedly found in his bed in his apartment in a suburb of Tel Aviv, according to Israeli media.

He was married and had a son but his family but the family are not believed to have been in the country. 

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Reuters reported police units are at the scene.

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Du Wei addresses Israel after appointed ambassador (Image: Screenshot/Facebook)

Although not officially announced, source claim Mr Du passed away in his sleep of natural causes.

On Friday, Mr Du’s embassy attacked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had previously criticised China’s handling of the deadline COVID-19 pandemic.

The embassy denied the allegations and claimed Mr Pompeo’s comments were “absurd”. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticised China for their handling of COVID-19 (Image: Getty)

Back in April, Mr Du spoke with Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon, where he expressed hope to strengthen the relationship between Israel and China.

He said: “I assumed my post in an extraordinary time when China was fighting against COVID-19.

“Immediately after my arrival on February 15, I went into the 14-day home quarantine.

“During which, I had not taken a single step out of my residence more had any direct contact with my Embassy colleagues.

“I just want to send a message to all Israeli friends that China is a responsible, rule-abiding and trustworthy country. There are different voices regarding China’s fight. 

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“In the beginning, some voices were condescending and schadenfreude.

“Later, when the disease broke out around the world, the voice became ‘China should apologise’.

“It is scapegoating. In history, it has happened many times when the causes of diseases were wrongfully blamed on a specific group of people, which is despicable and should be condemned.

“The disease is the enemy of all mankind, and the world must fight it together.”

This is an ongoing story. More to follow.

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