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Friday, May 27, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Chinese admiral in Israel for talks on cooperation

TEL AVIV — Officials here said China sent its naval commander to Israel for discussions.


They said People's Liberation Army Navy chief Adm. Wu Shengli met Israeli military commanders and Defense Minister Ehud Barak about prospects for naval cooperation.

The officials also said Israel, with U.S. approval, has sought to persuade China from exporting advanced weapons to such countries as Iran and Syria.

Chinese weapons, particularly the C-802 cruise missile, have ended up in the arsenal of the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah.

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"This man visits dozens of countries, including the United States, every year and now it's our turn," an official said.

A Defense Ministry statement said Wu met his Israeli counterpart, Rear Adm. Eliezer Marom as well as Barak on May 25 in Tel Aviv, Middle East Newsline reported. No details were reported although a photograph was released by the ministry of the Chinese commander and the two Israelis.

Over the last decade, the United States has forced Israel to halt defense exports to China. In 2006, Israel agreed to an informal U.S. veto on all dual-use systems to Beijing, which also blocked efforts to supply security equipment and expertise to China.

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