by Defense Ministers Media Advisor and the Government Press
31......Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer met today with Peoples
Republic of China Ambassador Pan Zhanlin.
Ben-Eliezer and Ambassador Zhanlin discussed the diplomatic-security
situation in the region and bilateral relations between China and
Israel. In relating to the canceled Phalcon plane deal, the Defense
Minister said that It should be seen as an issue within the
family, and not as a crisis between two states, and emphasized
that Israel and China are building a highway between themselves
and not just a bridge.
Ben-Eliezer pledged that Israel would work to strengthen relations
between the two states including detween the defense establishments.
expressed his certainty that the two countries would know how to
overcome the difficulties and strengthen their relationship, and
added that China is fully ready to develop bilateral cooperation.