In a meetup in late November at WeWork in southern Tel Aviv sponsored by Hyundai Cradle’s Israel branch, the first question to a panel on autonomous vehicles was about the impact of China on Israeli startups in this sector.

A year ago this would be a highly unlikely question to be asked in such a forum in Israel, but now that China exerts an outsize influence in this and other parts of the global economy, it is a novel issue that befuddles foreign startup founders in Israel and other places.

Hyundai Cradle, Hyundai Motor Company’s corporate venturing and open innovation arm, has offices in Silicon Valley and Israel. To date, it has invested in five Israeli startups, including AutoTalks, a chipset maker that helps reduce collisions on roadways and improve mobility, and Percepto, an intelligent multi-mission drone.

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Rami Blachman

Rami Blachman is a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in Shanghai and Tel Aviv. He is a frequent speaker and writer on China cross-border tech investing and how it relates to Israeli startups.