From his vantage point as the key Israeli in the proceedings, E. Zev Sufott offers a depiction of the clandestine contacts and exchanges between China and Israel which led to the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Asian Affairs - "…a well written and colourful record"
The China Journal-" ..but the "diary" literary genre that he has elected to use is replete with repetition, at times self - aggrandizing, and often does not offer more than a narrow view of the total picture surrounding Chinese contemporary politics…Sufott could describe what he knew, saw, heard and did, and he does masterfully…Perhaps the time has not yet come, not the appropriate author emerged".
China Information- " ..Sufott provides a usefu;l picture of how states use available channels to expand their diplomatic contacts, the nitty-gritty of diplomatic work, and the symbolic uses of politics."
The China Quarterly- "It is primarily a cultural-anthropological treatment of foreign relations, which artfully combines the multi-dimensional dealings with China: the official and the unofficial, the overt and the covert, the external and the internal…A China Diary provides an interesting angle to the study of China"s foreign relations"
Jerusalem Post - " This book has added a great deal to the study of this neglected field (compared with studies on Israel and the US, or even Israel and Europe). Its attraction lies in the fact that Sufott is a very keen observer who has the background to understand what makes China move…It is rare to have a book on a serious subject that reads like a novel or a detective story. This is just such a book