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China army chief on 'historic' visit to Israel
Published Sunday 14/08/2011 (updated) 15/08/2011 10:56
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China's army chief was due to arrive in Israel on Sunday for talks with top
defense officials, the Israeli military said. [AFP/Alexander F. Yuan]
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- China's army chief was due to arrive in Israel on Sunday for talks with top defense officials, the Israeli military said.

The Israeli army said China's "Chief of the General Staff, General Chen Bingde [...] will meet senior security officials and attend strategic and security briefings, visit the IDF Urban Warfare Training Centre, and observe a display of IDF forces training."

The Israeli military declined to say how long Chen would be in the country.

Israeli army radio, describing the visit as "historic," said Chen was to meet Defense Minister Ehud Barak late on Sunday.

In June, Barak made a rare visit to Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie.

Defense ties had been frosty after US intervention twice scuttled Israeli arms deals with China: The sale of advanced Phalcon spy planes in 2000 and of spare parts for Israeli-built Harpy drones five years later.

Chen's visit comes as Israel seeks to convince the international community to vote against a bid by the Palestinians for recognition of a state at the UN General Assembly in September.

Israel has in the past also sought tougher measures from Beijing, a key UN Security Council member, against Iran's controversial nuclear program.
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1 ) Joseph / Palestine
14/08/2011 16:08
Don't blame Chinese people, they are away from politics.

2 ) China Came To / Israel
14/08/2011 23:41
Because It Is Good For China !!


3 ) BENJABO1@HOTMAIL.COM / ISRAEL
15/08/2011 02:31
1 ) Joseph

Joseph, if you really think that, then you are away from reality

Chinese are very astute, you could only hope to be as sharp as they are

4 ) IVAN / RUSSIA
15/08/2011 06:24
THEY TRY TO SWITCH FROM US TO CHINA .[ US IS BROKE - CHINA IS GROWING -VERY SMART . ]

5 ) BENJABO1@HOTMAIL.COM / ISRAEL
15/08/2011 16:04
4 ) IVAN / RUSSIA

China LENDS money, it doesn't give it away
It's not very smart of you not to know the difference

6 ) Gareth Smith / Australia
16/08/2011 10:21
China and Israel have a lot in common: stealing land (Tibet/Palestine), jail without fair trial, suppression of human rights, collective punishment............ No doubt they will exchange weapons technology and discuss tactics for urban warfare like how to kill and maim without any obvious cause e.g. Israel's DIME. Both states are pariahs, they are like piranhas, absolutely ruthless in pursuing their own selfish objectives.

7 ) Ish Kabibble / Delancey
16/08/2011 15:17
Gareth, would you mind telling us how you Anglo's came into possession of Australia?? Force of arms, wasn't it?

8 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
16/08/2011 15:33
6 ) Gareth Smith / Australia

How about telling us how you Aussies came into possession of Australia, that would be ever so much closer to home
If you don't know, ask, I'll be glad to tell you
We have been in Israel for 3800 years, you interlopers arrived in you call Australia in th emid 18th Century

9 ) atiq / afghanistan
17/08/2011 02:11
no smitth this is wrong
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