Amid U.S. Pressure, Chinese Firm Loses Contract for Israeli Plant in Sensitive Location

Ten days after a visit to Israel by U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who warned against a Chinese firm winning infrastructure contracts in Israel, a government panel announced that an Israeli group has won the bidding process for a major desalination plant. 

The government panel chose IDE over Hutchison Water, whose main investor is Hong Kong's CK Hutchison Holdings.

The plant, dubbed Soreq B, will be built next to the desalination plant already in operation, and near the Palmachim air base and close to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center.

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