Du Wei Bio – Wiki
Du Wei was China’s Ambassador to Israel. Mr. Du was appointed ambassador in February having previously served as envoy to Ukraine.
On May 17, 2020, He has been found dead in his apartment north of Tel Aviv, an Israeli official told BBC News.
He was 57 years old.
Du Wei Found Dead
China’s Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead inside his official residence Sunday morning, according to a spokeswoman for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At this stage, the 57-year-old’s death is not being treated as suspicious. Police are outside the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya — to the north of Tel Aviv — as part of standard procedure, the spokeswoman said.
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.
Self-Isolation on Arrival
When he arrived in Israel on 15 February, Mr. Du had immediately to self-isolate for two weeks because of coronavirus restrictions.
In an interview with Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon last month, Mr. Du said China was being made the world’s scapegoat.
“In history, more than once, a certain group of people was accused of spreading pandemics,” he said.
“That is despicable and should be condemned. The disease is an enemy of the entire humankind and the world should fight it together.”
On Friday, his embassy made a scathing attack on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had criticized China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on a visit to Israel.
An Israeli police spokesman told Reuters news agency: “As part of the regular procedure, police units are at the scene.”
Israel’s Channel 12 TV, quoting unnamed medical sources, said initial indications were that Mr. Du had died in his sleep of natural causes.
Wife & Children
The ambassador was married and had a son but his family had still to join him in Israel. His wife’s name is not yet revealed. He was living in Herzliya, some 10km north of Tel Aviv.