China, Israel take steps to resume military ties

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  1. A.V.

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    Officials said China and Israel have decided to resume reciprocal visits as well as discussions on military cooperation. They said the cooperation would not include Israeli arms sales to China.
    “This is the first sparks of a relationship that has been frozen for several years,” an official said.
    Military sources said the visit by the Chinese delegation was not linked to the current Israeli tensions with the United States over Jewish construction in Jerusalem. They said the visit had been scheduled in 2009.

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    But the sources did not rule out the prospect that the Chinese visit could lead to a resumption of military cooperation with Israel. They said they did not know of high-level Chinese military visits planned for later 2010.
    On March 21, Israel’s military hosted a senior Chinese Defense Ministry official. Col. Huang Xueping, spokesman for the ministry and Chinese military, began a four-day visit to Israel, where he was briefed on the operations of the Israeli military spokesman’s office.
    “The Chinese delegation will be presented with the public-relations lessons learnt during the Second Lebanon War and during Operation Cast Lead,” the Israeli military said on March 22. “Additionally, they will learn about the IDF School for Media’s training system and the integration of spokesmanship and operational planning.”
    The statement said the Chinese delegation would tour the border with the Gaza Strip and visit military units. Huang has been accompanied by several aides, including a colonel in the Chinese Defense Ministry.
    The visit was said to have been the first in years that dealt with military cooperation between China and Israel. In 2005, defense and military cooperation between Beijing and Jerusalem was suspended in wake of U.S. pressure on the Jewish state to cancel an unmanned aerial vehicle program for China’s military. Israel paid more than $300 million in fines and compensation for the canceled project.

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    “The delegation is also due to visit other military units and will be briefed on the IDF’s activity in Judea and Samaria, with an emphasis on the quality of life of the Palestinian population and the media-related issues that are dealt with on a daily basis,” the statement said.
    Still, the Chinese military delegation has been accompanied by that of senior political leaders. On March 24, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu was scheduled to hold talks with Israel leaders in Jerusalem. Hui marked the highest-level Chinese official to visit Israel in 2010.
    “The visit will focus on the need to impose sanctions on Iran,” the official said.

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  3. Yusuf

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    Something that I mentioned in the thread where an Israeli delegations went to china to put pressure on iran and support sanctions against iran. The report in that thread mentioned that a chinese general would travel to israel to see its capabilities. It sounded strange to me so I mentioned there that it could well be that israel is dangling defense tech to the chinese for their support on iran.

    I was justified in thinking that way after all.
     
  4. gogbot

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    So let me guess , they need Israile help on something.

    So the US will let this go through , till they find out what it is they need.

    then put break on the deal.

    Like they did with Phalcon AWACS
     
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    On the contrary, US blinks so that chinese support is secured so that the immediate goal on iran is fulfilled.
     
  6. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    In fact Israel has always been friendly to China. Lots of Jews sought asylum in China during WW-2. parents of Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel were born in Harbin, China. Israel was one of the earliest states to recognize PRC. But China declined to establish diplomatic ties with the State of Israel at that time in support of the 'Palestinian cause'.

    Strategically Israel needs China at the world stage though having to look up to big boss Uncle Sam.



     
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    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    This military cooperation maybe nothing more than preventing China from arming Iran anymore than they already have or helping them in their nuclear program. A similar Israeli delegation visited Russia when they wanted to prevent Russia from further arming Syria.
     
  8. haike

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    China has nothing against Israel and quite understandable that Israel must rely on US for its security. Just Israeli over use of force is against the value of Chinese culture. China does not meddle with Israel-Arab issue. The AWACS deal failed because of US pressure but Israel has compensate China with money. Anyways China has the capability and is self-reliable now, so bad thing can turn good.
     
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    I still suspicious about the topic that it wont happen.

    Israel dont want their high tech goodies go like russian ones.
    When they have a reliable partner like india which supports it cause and Big man is keeping his mouth shut on the Israel-Arab issues.

    But when taking the geo-political scenario and the relation with the US straining a lot, it is still on the cards
     

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