China, Israel vow to improve military ties

TEL AVIV – Chen Bingde, visiting chief of the General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), pledged Sunday to lift the friendly ties between the Chinese and Israeli militaries to a new level during a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Chen Bingde, visiting chief of the General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), shakes hands with Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv August 14, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A deepening Sino-Israeli cooperation is contributing to regional peace and stability, Chen said, stressing the relationship between the two countries’ armies is developing in recent years.

Barak, who visited China two months ago, hopes that the two countries will work together to tackle all kinds of threats and challenges.

Chen’s visit is the first of its kind, according to Israel Defense Force (IDF) Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who said the visit was significant in promoting the relations between the two militaries.

At the invitation of Gantz, Chen arrived here on Sunday for a three-day visit.

Xinhua

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