Barak stink-eye 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s visit to China does not signify a change in the
policy not to sell weapons and military platforms to the People’s Liberation
Army, Israeli defense officials said on Sunday.
Barak arrived in Beijing
on Sunday and held meetings with senior military officers including Chief of
General Staff Gen. Chen Bingde. It is the first visit of an Israeli defense
minister to China in a decade.
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Barak provided Bingde with an overview of
Israel’s current strategic standing in the Middle East with an emphasis on the
Iranian nuclear threat as well as the challenges Israel faces amid the ongoing
upheaval in the region.
Barak stressed the importance of stopping Iran,
which if allowed to go nuclear, would present a severe threat to the world and
not just Israel.
China is a key member of the UN Security Council and has
in the past blocked resolutions aimed at imposing tougher sanctions on
The two men also discussed cooperation in the field of
counterterrorism. On Monday, Barak will meet National Defense Minister Liang
Officials said that all of Israel’s ties with China were under
careful US scrutiny and in most cases things were approved ahead of time by the
Pentagon. In 2000 Barak – then prime minister – gave in to United States
pressure and suspended the sale of four $250 million Phalcon advanced
early-warning aircraft to China due to concerns that they had American
technology installed in them.
In 2005, Israel agreed to upgrade Israel
Aerospace Industries drones that were sold to Beijing in the 1990s.
result, the US downgraded Israel’s participation in the F-35 Joint Strike