Du Wei (diplomat)

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Du Wei (Chinese: 杜伟; pinyin: Dù Wěi; 2 October 1962 – 17 May 2020) was a Chinese diplomat. He was Ambassador to Ukraine from 2016 until 2019 and Ambassador to Israel from February 2020 until May 2020.[1] Du was born in China's Shandong province.[2]

Du was found dead in his Herziliya, Israel apartment on 17 May 2020, aged 57.[3] His death is not being treated as suspicious but is being investigated.[3]

His death came in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and only a few days after Du published an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post protesting American Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel attempting to persuade the Israeli government to limit its relationship with China.[4]

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  1. Israel, David (17 May 2020). "Chinese Ambassador Found Dead in Herzliya". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  2. "Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at Herzliya residence". The Times of Israel. 17 May 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Beeri, Tamar; Harkov, Lahav (17 May 2020). "Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Herzliya home". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  4. "Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Tel Aviv home". Deutsche Welle. 17 May 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2020.